Testing Stonework Structures Against Earthquakes

Summary

Stonework constructions, designed in the simple and traditional manner recommended by all seismic standards, can  be modelled as "Shear buildings" with one single degree of freedom per floor by using the method of rigid planes.  This  method, despite being relatively simple, yields far better results than those obtained by other methods which claim to be more sophisticated.  By entering all the design data into  a simple spreadsheet, the latter can analyse all the wall elements of each floor and automatically calculate their resistance to stress arising from an incidental earthquake.   9 refs.

Primary author(s): Garcia Arribas R, Garcia Garcia R

                            Malaga,INDYCCE

Source: 12th IB2MaC. Twelfth Int.Brick/Block Masonry Conf. Proc.

            Madrid,25-28 June 2000,p.675-687

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