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Re: Stress in masonry flying buttress

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Jon,

In a chapter on Structural Experimentation in High Gothic Architecture, in 
his book, "Light Wind and Structure", Robert Mark, Professor of Architecture 
at Princeton, discusses photoelastic modeling.  A photo of a photoelastic 
model of a cross section of a Gothic Cathedral, including flying buttresses 
shows that the stress distribution in the flying buttresses is not uniform.  

He refers to "Experiments in Gothic Structure" by R. Mark, MIT Press, 1982; 
also to a Scientific American article, November 1984.

Nels Roselund
Structural Engineer