Resistance of masonry infill walls to racking loading - Simplified model and experimental ...


A wide experimental research programme concerning the racking strength of hollow block masonry infilled frames is presented.  The results concern the case of walls made with clay masonry blocks and different kinds of vertical joints.   These walls are subjected to an horizontal alternate cyclic load acting in the wall plane.  The results show the influence of both the blocks' slenderness and orthotropy.  A  simplified model is then developed which expresses the theoretical bearing capacity of the infill based on the compression strut strength.  It is based on the mechanical properties of the blocks and joints as well as the wall dimensions.  12 refs.

Primary author(s): Cruz-Diaz J I; Sellier A; Capra B; Delmotte P; Rivillon P;

                            Marne-La-Vallee,University; Centre Scientifique et

Source: Masonry Int.


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