Category Archives: Dome Structures

The Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence; new links

Earlier this year the on-line edition of National Geographic posted an article on: Mystery of Florence’s Cathedral Dome May Be Solved The wording of the article owes more to journalistic hyperbole than anything else, but it includes a link to an … Continue reading

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Recently discovered (and rediscovered) links

Math ∩ Programming – A place for elegant solutions (another Alfred Vachris link) About the Author My name is Jeremy Kun. I’m currently a mathematics PhD student at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and I did my undergraduate at Cal Poly … Continue reading

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The Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore – Stress Analysis 2

Following on from the previous post I have uploaded the Strand7 data and results files and an animation of the stresses as the construction proceeds.  Strand7 users can just download the files and load them into Strand7 (or those with a slow … Continue reading

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The Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore – Stress Analysis 1

It’s time to get back to the analysis of the stresses and strains in the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. Since the last installment I have purchased “Brunelleschi’s Cupola” by Giovanni and Michele Fanelli, which is … Continue reading

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Cracks in the Dome

On 28 July 1987 (close to 25 years ago) The New York Times Reported Cracks in a Great Dome in Florence May Point to Impending Disaster … but those caring for the dome worry that it has recently embarked on … Continue reading

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The Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore – Dimensions

This post is a continuation from The Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence Different sources give a wide variety of different dimensions for the dome, but there seems to be reasonable agreement that the “across flats” diameter of the … Continue reading

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The Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence

The dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore was the first dome structure of that size built since the Pantheon in Rome (126 AD) and the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (537 AD).  Some sources say it is a little larger … Continue reading

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