Shake Table Test of Confined Brick Masonry Building


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This paper presents the shake table test of a one-forth scaled model, representing a typical Pakistani three stories confined brick masonry building. The model was constructed following complete model similitude and subjected to a series of sinusoidal base motions of increasing amplitude at a constant frequency equivalent to the predominant frequency of JMA Kobe-1995 earthquake record. The dynamic test data was processed and analyzed to generate the force-deformation curve, ductility ratio and response modification factor of the system. A shear-dominated failure mode was observed. As expected, the ground storey was found to suffer more damage than the other two stories. Out-of-plane failure of walls and crushing of concrete in confining elements were also noted in the final test runs. Based on the damage mechanism and force-deformation characteristics, various performance levels are suggested.



Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 255-260)

Edited by:

Jingying Zhao






K. Shahzada et al., "Shake Table Test of Confined Brick Masonry Building", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 255-260, pp. 689-693, 2011

Online since:

May 2011




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