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NOSA-ITACA code 1.1c is now available

The new version of the code presents an improved and more intuitive
management of the subroutine and an easier use of Job monitor dialogue.
Enjoy it

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NOSA-ITACA code version 1.1b is now available

The improved version of NOSA-ITACA is now available at A more friendly monitor analysis has been implemented. Bugs related to card creation are now fixed. At you can find also some tutorials that will guide you through the use of the code. Enjoy !

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NOSA-ITACA code now runs on UBUNTU 18.04

Running NOSA on Ubuntu 18.04 is not (yet) officially supported, but you may use the package for Ubuntu 16.04, as indicated at

See also the prevoius post about it ! Enjoy !


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Modal analysis of historical masonry structures: Linear perturbation and software benchmarking The mechanical behavior of masonry materials has a common feature: a nonlinear behavior with high compressive strength and very low tensile strength. As a consequence, old masonry buildings generally present cracks due to permanent loads and/or accidental events. Therefore, the characterization of the global dynamic behavior of masonry structures should take into account the presence of existing cracks.

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NOSA-ITACA: a free finite element software for structural analysis

NOSA-ITACA is a software product of the Mechanics of Materials and Structures Laboratory of ISTI-CNR, distributed via the website.
The package includes SALOME v8.3.0, and is available for Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04.
NOSA-ITACA enables you to conduct both linear and nonlinear static analyses and modal analyses.
NOSA-ITACA can be used to study the static behavior of masonry buildings of historic and architectural interest and model the effectiveness of strengthening operations.

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Masonry modelling (interaction)

Hi, is there anyone has the experience in modelling and solving masonry structural system ? currently im facing the issue in inputting the data of interaction between the blocks of masonry. i'm trying to model 3 storey masonry (material : Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) ) building in ABAQUS program by implementing 'macro-modelling' technique, where the block size is 200x400mm including 10mm thickness of mortar joint. 

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how to model masonry wall in abaqus

here we are to tell you how we can model masonry in abaqus cae.
there are 3 ways:
1-micro modeling
2- macro modeling
3- micro-macro modeling(HOMOGENIZATION)
micro modeling; 
in this method all parts should be modeled in abaqus separately.
but notice that don't use shell to modeling grout because of 3d properties of grout and cohesive characteristics.
this method is suitable for small masonry panels with 2-3 layers of brick.

New Editorial Structure for Construction and Building Materials Journal

Professor Luigia Binda, one of the foremost authorities in masonry research, and in particular the restoration of historic buildings, steps down from her role as European Regional Editor of the journal. Professor Andrew Boyd, from McGill University, Canada and Professor Amir Mirmiran from Florida International University, USA who served as North American Regional Editors for the past four years, are also retiring.

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