Paper Title:
Influence of the Geometry of Units and of the Filling of Vertical Joints in the Compressive and Tensile Strength of Masonry
  Abstract

Attention is given to the mechanical properties of concrete block masonry, with respect to its compressive and tensile strength. These properties are important parameters in the in-plane lateral behaviour of masonry walls, determining their resistance and ductility. Such properties play also a central role when analytical and numerical analysis is used for simulating or predicting the behaviour of masonry structures. The influence of two selected parameters on the mechanical properties of masonry is discussed, namely the geometry of the units and the filling of the vertical joints. Results show that masonry under compression behaves as a homogeneous material and the stress-strain diagrams can be represented by a parabola similarly to what is suggested for structural concrete. In case of tensile strength, filling of vertical joints appears to influence considerably the tensile strength. The filling of the vertical joints increased the strength but lead to a more brittle behaviour.

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Periodical
Materials Science Forum (Volumes 636-637)
Edited by
Luís Guerra ROSA and Fernanda MARGARIDO
Pages
1321-1328
DOI
10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.636-637.1321
Citation
V.G. Haach, G. Vasconcelos, P. B. Lourenço, "Influence of the Geometry of Units and of the Filling of Vertical Joints in the Compressive and Tensile Strength of Masonry", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 636-637, pp. 1321-1328, 2010
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January 2010
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