Structural Analyses and Assessment of Historical Kamanli Mosque in Izmir, Turkey

TEOMETE E., Aktas E.

JOURNAL OF PERFORMANCE OF CONSTRUCTED FACILITIES, vol.24, no.4, pp.353-364, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1061/(asce)cf.1943-5509.0000111
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.353-364
  • Keywords: Historical masonry, Nondestructive tests, Destructive tests, Settlement, Finite-element analyses, MASONRY STRUCTURES, MODEL
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


Historical structures are one of the most precious pieces of cultural accumulation. In this study, an interdisciplinary work was conducted to assess the structural condition of a historical masonry structure, Urla Kamanli Mosque in Izmir, Turkey. The structure is a member of group of structures, Yahsi Bey Complex, which includes a Turkish bath, a tomb, two fountains, and a primary school. The structure dates back to early 14th century to mid-15th century. History investigation, measurement survey, long-term settlement, and moisture observations were conducted. Nondestructive and destructive material tests were performed on stone, brick, and mortar. 3D finite-element model of the structure was used to investigate the critical locations of the structure under its self-weight, seismic load, and settlement load. Linear elastic and nonlinear settlement analyses were conducted to investigate the reason for massive cracks challenging the structural integrity.