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Proceedings 2018, 2(8), 464; https://doi.org/10.3390/ICEM18-05369

A New Experimental Test for the Characterisation of Masonry Shear Parameters

Department of Structural, Geotechnical and building Engineering (DISEG), Polytechnic of Turin, 10129 Turin, Italy
Presented at 18th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM2018), Brussels, Belgium, 1–5 July 2018.
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Published: 18 June 2018
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Abstract

The shear properties evaluation on existing unreinforced masonry structure is usually performed through destructive tests. However, these tests have the characteristics of being very expensive and result in significant damage, not only to the samples but also on the portion of wall surrounding them. The present work illustrates the design of a new testing procedure for the characterisation of the shear properties in masonry panels for application in routine testing. In the aim of preserving the integrity of the area under testing, and to reduce the cost of the new testing procedure, it has been decided to use flat jacks. The numerical analyses used to design the test are presented, as well as the results of a first application of the procedure.
Keywords: masonry; unreinforced masonry; shear characterisation; shear properties; moderate destructive test; MDT; flat jack; FJ masonry; unreinforced masonry; shear characterisation; shear properties; moderate destructive test; MDT; flat jack; FJ
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Viale, N.; Ventura, G. A New Experimental Test for the Characterisation of Masonry Shear Parameters. Proceedings 2018, 2, 464.

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