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Limit Analysis for Unilateral Masonry-like Structures

A. Fortunato1, *, E. Babilio2, M. Lippiello2, A. Gesualdo2, M. Angelillo1
1 Department of Civil Engineering, University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy
University of Naples "Federico II", Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, Napoli, Italy


This paper is devoted to the application of unilateral models to the stress analysis of masonry structures. Some 2d applications of what we can call the simplified masonry-like model for masonry, are discussed and studied. The results here presented demonstrate that the unilateral model for masonry can be a useful tool for modeling real masonry structures. The main technique here employed for applying the No-Tension model to structures is the systematic use of singular stress and strain fields within the frame set by the theorems of Limit Analysis. A number of simple examples is discussed to illustrate the method.

Keywords: Limit Analysis, Masonry structures, Model of Heyman, Safe theorem, Singular stress, Unilateral materials.

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Year: 2016
Volume: 10
Issue: Suppl 2: M12
First Page: 346
Last Page: 362
Publisher Id: TOBCTJ-10-346
DOI: 10.2174/1874836801610010346

Article History:

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

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