There's something wrong in this paragraph:
But tension is a stretching force, so an arch or dome made up of
bricks is vulnerable; it must resist forces pulling the pieces apart.
The gradual, shallow curves of a typical Guastavino ceiling help
distribute forces across the ceiling, compressing the tiles laterally
into one another and limiting tension.
The first sentence talks about tension and the second talks about
An arch like described in the article is in compression, not tension.
I like the subject, but the writer seems unknowledgeable.
Agreed. They make it sound like a vault doesn't function like a dome
or arch, which is of course nonsense.
The tile vaulting was probably developed by little kids playing around
and gluing popsicle sticks together - or whatever kids put their ice
cream on back then. The Roman arch was probably developed by a rich
guy saying what can we do with those four hundred new slaves, they're
just sitting around.
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