Masonry wall panels with GFRP and steel-cord strengthening subjected to cyclic shear: An experimental study

Antonio Borri, Giulio Castori, Marco Corradi, Romina Sisti

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This paper provides the results of a series of shear tests carried out on wall panels reinforced with two techniques by means of jacketing with GFRP (Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymers) mesh inserted inside an inorganic matrix and a reinforced repointing of mortar joints using high strength stainless steel cords. The tests were done on panels assembled in the laboratory and were carried out using a widely-known test method (diagonal compression test). Masonry materials include stone and brick in which a variety of unit sizes and forms are produced. Mortar was a hydraulic lime/sand with a plasticiser added to improve workability. The failure loads, in-plane and out-of-plane deflections and failure modes were recorded. Based on the results of the experimental program, it appears that the in-plane shear strength of the reinforced masonry wall systems increased significantly compared with that of control unreinforced masonry panels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-73
Number of pages11
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Early online date18 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes

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