Experimental investigation of the seismic response of classical temple columns

Vasileios A. Drosos, Ioannis Anastasopoulos (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Remnants of Greek Temples are found all over the Mediterranean, surviving in most cases in the form of free-standing columns. The drums are resting on top of each other without any connection, being considered susceptible to strong seismic shaking. Their seismic response is complex, comprising a variety of mechanisms, such as rocking of sliding of the drums relative to each other. This paper studies experimentally the seismic performance of such structures, aiming to derive insights on the key factors affecting the response. Physical models of such multi-drum columns were constructed at reduced scale and tested at the shaking table of the NTUA Laboratory of Soil Mechanics. The marble specimens were excited by idealized Ricker wavelets and real seismic records. The tested multi-drum columns were proven to be very earthquake-resistant. Even when subjected to the strongest motions ever recorded in Greece, their permanent deformation was minimal.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)299-310
    Number of pages12
    JournalBulletin of Earthquake Engineering
    Issue number1
    Early online date28 Mar 2014
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015


    • Monuments
    • Multi-drum columns
    • Rocking response
    • Shake table testing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
    • Geophysics
    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Building and Construction


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