Systematic underestimation of the thrust of vaults among some builders of the 19th century

David Wendland
In building manuals of the 18th and 19th century, we can often read either that vaults don't exert any outward thrust at all, or that their thrust can be easily absorbed by very simple means. Although the theories which are formulated to support these statements are not correct, they have been largely applied even after having been refuted. In case-studies of the works of three builders of vault constructions – in their time highly recognized...
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