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Structural behavior of historical Obruk Inn under different earthquakes

Süleyman Kamil Akın, Ahmet Alagöz

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Masonry structures is one of the most preferred structure types throughout history. The advantageous of these structures can be categorized as longevity, affordability and easy access to materials. Due to a lack of information and constructive errors, masonry structures suffer major damage under effect of earthquakes. While the vertical load carrying capacity of a masonry structure is excellent, its performance under horizontal loads is very poor. The brittle behavior of masonry structures, in particular, causes the structure to suffer significant damage or collapse completely during an earthquake. Türkiye is situated over a major earthquake zone. Throughout history, there has been numerous major earthquakes. These earthquakes have demolished the masonry structures resulted in significant life and economic losses. Therefore, in recent days, the examination of the seismic resilience performance of masonry structures as well as the required strengthening have become a pivotal issue. Thus, the aim of this study is to analyze the seismic performance of historical Obruk Inn subjected to different earthquake effects via finite elements method (FEM). To do this, the plans obtained from on-site inspections for historical Obruk Inn to create structural FEM model and its performance was evaluated under the influence of various earthquake excitations. As a result of the analyses, it was determined that the historical Obruk Inn structure should have immediate be strengthened against a possible earthquake.


masonry structures: finite element method; earthquake performance; historical structure

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