WIT Press


Boundary Element Analysis Of Masonry Structures

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BE970031

Volume

19

Pages

11

Published

1997

Size

622 kb

Author(s)

Y. F. Rashed, M. H. Abdalla and M. A. R. Youssef

Abstract

In this paper, the boundary element method is used to model the non-linear behaviour of masonry. Cracking, debonding and crushing failure modes are con- sidered. However, the material non-linearity is ignored. Initial stresses, based on a developed algorithm, are used to represent the failure modes. The present model uses an incremental iterative solution procedure to track the failure at each loading stage. A masonry wall under vertical loading is analyzed using the present model. The results are compared to the existing experimental and finite element results to show the accuracy and the validity of the present model. 1. Introduction Masonry in structural engineering is used in load bearing elements such as bear- ing walls, or as infill

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