Ferrocement, Carbon, and Polypropylene Fibers for Strengthening Masonry Shear Walls

Enea Mustafaraj, Marco Corradi, Yavuz Yardim, Erion Luga, Muhammed Yasin Codur

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This paper describes an experimental investigation into the feasibility of using ferrocement jacketing, polypropylene fibers, and carbon fiber reinforced polymer sheets (CFRP) to enhance the shear resistance of unreinforced brick masonry. The study involved testing 12 wall panels in diagonal compression, three of which were strengthened using each of the above-mentioned techniques. The results showed that all three strengthening techniques led to a significant improvement in the shear resistance and deformation capacity of the unreinforced walls. Furthermore, the results showed that the strengthened walls exhibited a significant improvement in shear resistance and deformation capacity by a factor of 3.3–4.7 and 3.7–6.8, respectively. These findings suggest that ferrocement jacketing is a viable and highly effective method for strengthening masonry structures. Test results can assist in the decision-making process to identify the most suitable design and retrofitting solution, which could indicate that not only new materials, but also traditional methods and materials (ferrocement) could be interesting and effective, also considering their lower initial cost.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4597
Number of pages19
Issue number13
Early online date26 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023
Externally publishedYes

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