Performance Of Partially Reinforced Masonry Walls Subjected To Combined Horizontal Cyclic And ...


The earthquake performance of partially reinforced masonry walls subject to cyclic loading was examined.  The objective  is to be able to construct earthquake resistant low-rise partially reinforced masonry buildings in areas of moderate seismic activity in Greece. An overview of the earthquake performance of partially reinforced walls employing a "Greek" type brick, which is now commercially available, is included.  The observed behaviour in terms of horizontal loadbearing capacity, as well as the dominant modes of response and damage, is acceptable when an appropriate combination of longitudinal and transverse reinforcement as well as the minimum strengths of mortar, grout and brick unit are employed.  Moreover, the importance of complying with established construction practices for reinforced masonry must also be emphasised.  7 refs.

Primary author(s): Manos G C; Yasin M; Thawabteh J; Kourtides V

                            Thessaloniki,Aristotle University

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

            London,4-6 November 2002,p.284-293

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