C. FAELLA and G. RIZZANO
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Salerno
In the diagnosis of structural mechanical properties, nondestructive tests represent an important tool which allows simple and extensive analyses to be carried out. Within this framework, this paper is focused on the application of sonic pulse analysis in the prediction of masonry compressive strength. In particular, starting from the experimental analysis of masonry sub-assemblies in the laboratory and on masonry walls of old buildings typical in the south of Italy, a methodology of analysis based on sonic tests able to provide an evaluation of the masonry degradation leveland, therefore, of its residual compressive strength, is presented.