Multifunctional Textiles for Protection against Natural Hazards
Textile structures are extensively used in construction in forms of geotextiles. The retrofitting of existing masonry walls and soil structures is particularly important for earthquake protection of historic buildings and protection of earthworks against landslides. Unreinforced masonry structures are highly vulnerable because being originally designed mainly for gravity loads they often cannot withstand the dynamic horizontal loads in case of strong earthquakes. Soil structures, such as embankments, are subjected to landslides after heavy rainfalls or during earthquakes. Hence the necessity to develop efficient methods for the retrofitting of existing masonry buildings and earthworks and of related monitoring systems to possibly prevent the structural damage. To solve the above issues new multifunctional textile structures are being developed for application in construction for the retrofitting of masonry structures and earthworks, integrating a combination of different functions, including structural health monitoring.
Pietro VINCENZINI and Fabio CASCIATI
D. Zangani "Multifunctional Textiles for Protection against Natural Hazards", Advances in Science and Technology, Vol. 56, pp. 601-608, 2008