Investigation Of The Influence Of Bed Joint Reinforcement On The Strength And Deformation ...


A comparison of the results of two series of tests on horizontally sheared masonry walls is presented.  One series  used unreinforced specimens and the other used specimens reinforced with smooth steel bars.  Reinforcement bars (diameter 6 mm) were placed in every sixth bed joint.  The reinforcement ratio was rho = 0.05%.  The main investigations were carried out for different levels of initial compressive stress in the range of 0 to 1.5 N/mm2.  The effect of using reinforcement on the shear stress corresponding to first crack appearance, load capacity and crack pattern was analysed.  The experiments showed that the  use of reinforcement had significant effect on deformation and shear modulus.  13 refs.

Primary author(s): Jasinski R; Kubica J

                            Silesian University of Technology

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

            London,4-6 November 2002,p.236-241

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