Experimental analysis of masonry ring beams reinforced with composite materials

A. Borri, R. Sisti, M. Corradi, A. Giannantoni

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An experimental investigation has been carried out on 8 full-scale rubble-stone or brickwork masonry ring beams tested in bending. The testing included the use of composite materials inserted into the mortar joints during the fabrication phase of the beams and pinned end conditions. In order to achieve unitary behaviour of the structure against earthquakes, masonry structures must be upgraded so that they avoid local collapse and have integrating structural elements. As solid brick or ashlar stone masonry, characterized by both regular horizontal and staggered vertical joints, can deal with horizontal tensile loads thanks to the friction in the horizontal bed joints. The stress-strain relationships of stone masonry are assumed to be identical to the bilinear curve obtained from the compression test. A series of tests of composite material-reinforced masonry ring-beams were experimentally examined at the University of Perugia Structural Testing laboratory to help develop estimates of their flexural capacity in both vertical and horizontal planes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrick and Block Masonry
Subtitle of host publicationTrends, Innovations and Challenges - Proceedings of the 16th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference, IBMAC 2016
EditorsClaudio Modena, F. da Porto, M.R. Valluzzi
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781315374963
ISBN (Print)9781138029996
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference - Padova, Italy
Duration: 26 Jun 201630 Jun 2016
Conference number: 16


Conference16th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference
Abbreviated titleIBMAC 2016

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