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#1 2012-04-24 04:08:59

YZF
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Registered: 2012-04-24
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Voussoir Formula

Evening All,
Does anyone know how to calculate the size of each voussoir for a stone arch
Lets say the following :-

Radius = 24 inch
Voussoir Height = 6 inch
Number of Voussoirs = 9 (this would be 4 either side and 1 in middle as keystone)

This is also based on a Roman Semi Circle arch

I need to know the 4 angles of each vioussoir and the length of the intrados and extrados

I know that this must be a simple formula for you guys but its doing my head lol

Is there any chance of instead of saying x/y+c=gg could you please use the numbers above and show how you get the results

Thanks in advance
Jason

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#2 2012-04-24 04:10:48

anonimnystefy
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Re: Voussoir Formula

I'm sorry,but,what is a voussoir?


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#3 2012-04-24 04:21:17

YZF
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Re: Voussoir Formula

Sorry, a voussoir is the piece of stone or brick etc. that are wedged shape that make up the arch.

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#4 2012-04-24 04:31:41

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Re: Voussoir Formula

Hi YZF;

Welcome to the forum!

voussoir.jpg

Based on the figurine at the top I would say this is Medieval. In the construction of their aqueducts the Romans used arches. Is there a difference between Medieval and a Roman arch?

arch_keystone_voussoir.png

Here is a roman arch:

Aelius.jpg

Yet another:

voussoirs.jpg


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#5 2012-04-25 18:09:49

YZF
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Re: Voussoir Formula

Hi,
The picture with the red arrows is exactly what I am trying to achieve.

I need to work out the sizes of each block (angles, lengths etc.) based on 3 criteria, Radius of arch, # of blocks and height of each block.

Thanks

Jason

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#6 2012-04-25 18:37:24

anonimnystefy
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Re: Voussoir Formula

Hi YZF

Assuming you want the arc to be a semicircle,you can use these formulas:

,where n is the number of voussoirs.


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“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
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