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Buildings 2019, 9(2), 43;

Discrete Element Modeling of the Seismic Behavior of Masonry Construction

Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC), Av. do Brasil 101, 1700-066 Lisboa, Portugal
Received: 31 December 2018 / Revised: 28 January 2019 / Accepted: 5 February 2019 / Published: 10 February 2019
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Discrete element models are a powerful tool for the analysis of masonry, given their ability to represent the discontinuous nature of these structures, and to simulate the most common deformation and failure modes. In particular, discrete elements allow the assessment of the seismic behavior of masonry construction, using either pushover analysis or time domain dynamic analysis. The fundamental concepts of discrete elements are concisely presented, stressing the issues related to masonry modeling. Methods for generation of block models are discussed, with some examples for the case of irregular stone masonry walls. A discrete element analysis of a shaking table test performed on a traditional stone masonry house is discussed, as a demonstration of the capabilities of these models. Practical application issues are examined, namely the computational requirements for dynamic analysis.
Keywords: masonry structures; numerical modeling; discrete elements; seismic analysis masonry structures; numerical modeling; discrete elements; seismic analysis
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Lemos, J.V. Discrete Element Modeling of the Seismic Behavior of Masonry Construction. Buildings 2019, 9, 43.

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