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Vol. 43 (2002) No. 3 December n. 140

Chapel Roofing of the Ecumenical Centre “El Salvador” in Oliva (Valencia, Spain)

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  • Journal Name: Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (J. IASS)
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 1996-9015
  • ISSN: (Print Version) 1028-365X
  • Issue: Vol. 43 (2002) No. 3 December n. 140
  • Pages: 171-178
  • Title: Chapel Roofing of the Ecumenical Centre “El Salvador” in Oliva (Valencia, Spain)
  • Author(s): J. Rovira and S. Ivorra
  • Keywords: Ecumenical Centre, Reticular roofing, Bracing, Concrete grid.
This paper analyses the structural behaviour of a singular construction designed to be an Ecumenical Centre. Because of its particular geometry one of the characteristic actions affecting this structure is wind effect. The staff of the Department of Mechanics and Theory of Structures of the UPV designed the roofs of the three chapels that form the main body of the Centre. These roofs have been designed with a very particular structure. In addition to constituting the covering of the structure in an aesthetic and harmonic way, the purpose of these roofs is to brace the vertical reinforced concrete plates which simulate the sails of a Mediterranean vessel, in order to counteract wind effect. These structural elements show great slenderness and lightness with variable dimensions that range between 68 m and 35 m in height and between 0.30 m and 0.60 m. in thickness. For the design of the roofs, a grid of rigid reinforced concrete joints has been used that eases the weight of the roofs and at the same time solve the aesthetic aspect of the construction as designed by the architect.

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