Textile Reinforced Masonry


Numerous fields of application advocate the use of textile-reinforced masonry.  In comparison with unreinforced  masonry, the load-bearing capacity is much higher, even in the presence of low imposed vertical loads.  The use of textile-reinforced masonry is therefore of great advantage in seismic areas where non-reinforced constructions are restricted due to missing ductility.  This opens a new market for masonry construction that is not accessible with plane masonry.  It includes the use with basement walls of prefabricated houses or massive stone houses during construction, because in those cases the eccentricity resulting from the horizontal loads cannot be centred accordingly by means of high vertical loads.  Furthermore, it is possible to apply textile-reinforced masonry in cases where wind loads have strong effects upon walls.  The capacity of textile-reinforced masonry is shown, and the state-of-the-art of this new composite material, which consists of components that are already applied on site, is described.  It was shown that, in many cases, textile-reinforced masonry could be cheaper than reinforced concrete structures.  7 refs.

Primary author(s): Graubner C-A; Simon E

                            Darmstadt,University of Technology

Source: 12th Int.Brick/Block Masonry Conf. Proc. Vol.III

            Madrid,25-28 June 2000,p.1719-1728

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