Dynamic Analysis of Vertically Post-Tensioned Masonry Minarets

PEKGÖKGÖZ R. K., GÜREL M. A., Mammadov Z., Cili F.

JOURNAL OF EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING, vol.17, no.4, pp.560-589, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13632469.2012.754734
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.560-589
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In Turkey, with the occurrence of almost every strong and even moderate earthquake, damage to masonry minarets is observed. In the present work, efficiency of vertical post-tensioning application to reinforce masonry minarets against earthquakes has been investigated. Considering a representative minaret and its post-tensioned counterpart, and performing spectral and time-history analyses, the effects of post-tensioning on the axial stresses, top lateral displacements and overturning safety have been determined. Obtained results have shown that vertical post-tensioning application is a very efficient method to reduce axial tensile stresses and lateral displacements, and to assure the overturning safety of masonry minarets against earthquakes.