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Technical Study of Kongo‐Central Colonial Steel Houses Belonging to the DRC Patrimony
Mpemba Nkole Kabongo, Aris; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre; Demonceau, Jean-François
2022In ce/papers, 5 (4), p. 1067-1074
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Keywords :
Lightweight structures,; Historical steel houses; Patrimony; Corrosion
Abstract :
[en] The built heritage is a collection of properties of heritage value that should be protected and preserved. Designed in Belgium and built in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the beginning of colonisation, the steel-framed houses in the province of Kongo-Central are in an advanced state of damages due not only to the climatic conditions of the area, but also to those of exploitation. An architectural and technical study of these steel houses is nowadays required to develop solutions for their conservation as part of the DRC's built heritage. In this context, the National Fund for Scientific Research of Belgium (FNRS) is financing the research project entitled “Tropicalisation of engineering and architecture”. This project is carried out jointly by the Université libre de Bruxelles (in charge of the architectural part) and the Université de Liège (in charge of the engineering part). For this project, the courthouse of Mbanza-Ngungu (former ABC Hotel in Thysville) is studied in detail as a case study to identify the techniques used during construction, the pathologies affecting the structures and the solution which could be contemplated for their refurbishment. The present paper will introduce first investigation conducted in the framework of this project.
Disciplines :
Civil engineering
Author, co-author :
Mpemba Nkole Kabongo, Aris ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département ArGEnCo ; Université de Liège - ULiège > Urban and Environmental Engineering
Jaspart, Jean-Pierre  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département ArGEnCo > Adéquation des structures de génie civil aux exigences de fontionnement et de performances technico-économiques
Demonceau, Jean-François  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département ArGEnCo
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Technical Study of Kongo‐Central Colonial Steel Houses Belonging to the DRC Patrimony
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14 September 2022
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