A BARATTA and O CORBI
Dept. “Scienza delle Costruzioni”, University of Naples “Federico II”
The proneness of arch masonry structures to collapse is, in most cases, dependent on the activation of cracking mechanisms due to the formation of a number of unilateral hinges.This paper gives an experimental validation of the benefitsproduced in a damaged masonry portal arch under the action of a horizontal load.by the application of continuous mono-directional strips of carbon fibre reinforced polymers (FRP). Laboratory tests show that the application of C-fibre reinforcement normally gives an excellent increase in the loading capacity of the structure.