Horizontal Bending Of Face-loaded Brick Masonry Wallettes


The results of an experimental investigation into the one-way horizontal bending behaviour of unreinforced masonry  (URM) subject to static out-of-plane loading are presented.   The study included: masonry material tests to quantify the primary failure mechanisms contributing to the horizontal bending strength of URM walls for "line" and "stepped" failure modes; and static tests on small wallettes subject to horizontal bending in order to study the influence of vertical compressive stress on the load-deflection behaviour.  The static tests were conducted in a vertical orientation and incorporated four different levels of vertical compressive stress.  A greater understanding of the  mechanisms contributing to the out-of-plane flexural strength of masonry under vertical axial loading will aid in  the development of an improved analytical procedure for diagonal bending.  17 refs.

Primary author(s): Willis C R; Griffith M C; Lawrence S J

                            Adelaide,University; SPL Consulting Pty.Ltd.;

Source: Masonry (9). Proc.6th Int.Masonry Conf.

            London,4-6 November 2002,p.551-558

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