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Buildings 2014, 4(4), 605-634; doi:10.3390/buildings4040605

Performance Evaluation of Different Masonry Infill Walls with Structural Fuse Elements Based on In-Plane Cyclic Load Testing

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Barnhart Crane and Rigging Company, Monroe, MI 48161, USA
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Department of Architectural Engineering and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
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Received: 27 June 2014 / Revised: 4 September 2014 / Accepted: 9 September 2014 / Published: 26 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Seismic-Resistant Building Design)

Abstract

This paper discusses the performance of a structural fuse concept developed for use as a seismic isolation system in the design and retrofit of masonry infill walls. An experimental program was developed and executed to study the behavior of the structural fuse system under cyclic loads, and to evaluate the performance of the system with various masonry materials. Cyclic tests were performed by applying displacement controlled loads at the first, second, and third stories of a two-bay, three-story steel test frame with brick infill walls; using a quasi-static loading protocol to create a first mode response in the structural system. A parametric study was also completed by replacing the brick infill panels with infill walls constructed of concrete masonry units and autoclaved aerated concrete blocks, and applying monotonically increasing, displacement controlled loads at the top story of the test frame. View Full-Text
Keywords: masonry infill walls; seismic isolation; cyclic lateral load testing; structural fuse masonry infill walls; seismic isolation; cyclic lateral load testing; structural fuse
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Kauffman, A.; Memari, A.M. Performance Evaluation of Different Masonry Infill Walls with Structural Fuse Elements Based on In-Plane Cyclic Load Testing. Buildings 2014, 4, 605-634.

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