DETECT-AGING - Degradation Effects on sTructural safEty of Cultural heriTAGe constructions through simulation and health monitorING

PRIN 2017

Ambiti: Strutture


The main purpose of the project is to develop a new analytical-instrumental approach aimed at the quantitative assessment of the effects of aging and material degradation on structural safety of cultural heritage, with particular reference to masonry structures. Through the combined use of structural models and health monitoring, indications and operative tools will be provided for the identification and quantification of structural damage, for the management of built cultural heritage.

Advanced numerical simulations will support the correlation of de gradation effects from the scale of material up to that of structure through coherent variables. Structural health monitoring, aimed at reducing epistemic and aleatory uncertainties in the assessment process, will be mainly supported by computationally efficient models, such as Equivalent Frame, essentially limiting the use of refined 3D FEM. Experimental activities follow the same multiscale approach: from small-scale specimens, to real construction prototypes. Field validations on real historical structures will be the final benchmark to evaluate the ability to identify, locate and eventually quantify degradation-induced damage, through a

joint processing of monitoring and structural simulations for pro-active risk prevention.

Durata del progetto/Project duration


Responsabile locale

Prof. Nicola Buratti

Responsabile scientifico per il Dipartimento

Prof. Nicola Buratti

Coordinator/Coordinatore/Responsabile Nazionale

Prof. Gian Piero Lignola, Dipartimento di Strutture per l'Ingegneria e l'Architettura, Università di Napoli Federico II


  • Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali, Università di Bologna
  • Dipartimento di Strutture per l'Ingegneria e l'Architettura, Università di Napoli Federico II
  • Dipartimento Di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica E Ambientale, Università Di Genova
  • Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile ed Ambientale, Università degli Studi di Perugia


Euro 448200,00