Lecturer of Conservation of Historical Structures and Sites
Cairo University, Faculty of Archaeology, Archaeological Conservation Dept. (email)
The paper presents an integrated approach aimed at assessing the seismic safety of Mallorca cathedral. This cathedral is an extraordinary historical construction dating back to the middle ages. The experimental modal parameters of the cathedral were identified using Ambient Vibration Testing (AVT). The cathedral numerical model was updated using the identified modal parameters. This updated model was then used to study the seismic response of the cathedral using non-linear static (pushover) analysis. A sensitively analysis was carried out to reveal the dependency of the seismic capacity on the input materials properties. To assess the seismic performance and the safety of the cathedral, the N2 method was employed. It was found that the cathedral is safe when subjected to the earthquakes expected in Mallorca Island.