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Discrete Element Analysis of the Shear Resistance of Planar Walls with Different Bond Patterns

Ferenc Szakály, Zsolt Hortobágyi, Katalin Bagi
Department of Structural Mechanics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Műegyetem, Hungary


The paper presents discrete element simulations of the in-plane horizontal shear of planar walls having different bond patterns. The aim of the analysis was to decide whether the shear resistance could be improved by applying patterns containing vertical bricks. The results show that the presence of vertical bricks increases the shear resistance in case of low vertical confining load only, and the length-to-height ratio of the wall also significantly affects the shear resistance.

Keywords: Brick bonding, 3DEC, Distinct element, Failure, In-plane shear, Load bearing, Masonry, Softening.

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Year: 2016
Volume: 10
Issue: Suppl 2: M4
First Page: 220
Last Page: 232
Publisher Id: TOBCTJ-10-220
DOI: 10.2174/1874836801610010220

Article History:

Received Date: 15/1/2015
Revision Received Date: 15/5/2015
Acceptance Date: 02/7/2015
Electronic publication date: 31/05/2016
Collection year: 2016

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