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The Stone Skeleton

The Stone Skeleton
Structural Engineering of Masonry Architecture

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  • Date Published: July 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521629638

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  • What is the timescale for the settlement and cracking of an old stone building? How do the elegant flying buttresses of a Gothic cathedral safely transfer thrust to the foundations? And what is the effect of wind on a stone spire, or bell-ringing on a church tower? These and many other questions pertinent to the upkeep of old stone structures are answered in this clear and authoritative guide. With a firm scientific basis, but without the use of complex mathematics, the author provides a thorough and intuitive understanding of masonry structures. The basis of masonry analysis is introduced in the first two chapters, after which individual structures - including piers, pinnacles, towers, vaults and domes - are considered in more detail. This lucid and informative text will be of particular interest to structural engineers, practising architects and others involved in the renovation and care of old stone buildings.

    • Many books discuss old stone buildings but usually from the perspective of the architect this book views the structures through the eyes of an engineer
    • Develops a clear and intuitive understanding of stone masonry and how it ages
    • A rigorous and scientific approach without the use of complex mathematics
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    Awards

    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Books 1996

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    '... this book is a delight for the student of architecture, engineering, history, and art. Visually, this slim volume ... is elegant ... will appeal to a wide readership, both technical and artistic ... The book is clearly written, meticulously illustrated, and beautifully bound. The author's fascination and love of this subject is infectious.' M. A. Erki, Applied Mechanics Review

    Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Books 1996. '... one of the most fascinating books on structural engineering that this reviewer has read in recent years.' S. C. Anand, Choice

    '... many clear illustrations complement the scholarly text ... unites and updates much that has been published elsewhere. Excellent for structural engineers, whether students or practitioners.' New Scientist

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    • Date Published: July 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521629638
    • length: 172 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 151 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.27kg
    • contains: 105 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Structural theory of masonry
    3. Domes
    4. The masonry vault
    5. Some structural elements
    6. Towers and bells
    7. Spires
    8. Some historical notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Jacques Heyman, University of Cambridge

    Awards

    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Books 1996

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