Equivalent Viscous Damping and Inelastic Displacement for Strengthened and Reinforced Masonry Walls

Nicolini, Luca (2012) Equivalent Viscous Damping and Inelastic Displacement for Strengthened and Reinforced Masonry Walls. PhD thesis, University of Trento.

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The masonry still one of the widespread construction system for low-rise residential buildings even for countries prone to seismic risk. Despite seismic design methods yet in use are force-based, in the last decades was highlighted as the differences in strength between two levels of damage is low, and therefore as the damage is better correlated to the displacement. Also, in recent years, has arose a widespread expectation for being able to control the damage based on the probability of occurrence of an earthquake or being able to base the design on different performance levels ("performance-based design"). In this context, considerable interest is growing regarding the application of these methods to the design of masonry structures. Many questions are still open and need to be studied more in detail. From the experimental results obtained by cyclic shear-compression tests on different types of masonry panels, an analytical model has been developed, that allows to reproduce the in-plane behavior of both the tested types: one is modern reinforced masonry and the other is traditional multi-leaf stone masonry. The developed model has been used to perform a wide number of dynamic analysis with the aim of studying the inelastic characteristics of the described types of masonry. The results of the analysis made it possible to define simple and reliable formulations for the application of displacement-based method to masonry structures. Finally, we studied the dynamic behavior of a large structure, through the finite element analysis, using a damage model that has been shown to be able to reproduce the response obtained from shaking table tests. This phase has the aims of validate the results obtained for stone masonry walls, and giving useful indication for the application of displacement-based method on multi-degree of freedom structures.

Item Type:Doctoral Thesis (PhD)
Doctoral School:Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems
PhD Cycle:XXIV
Subjects:Area 08 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura > ICAR/09 TECNICA DELLE COSTRUZIONI
Uncontrolled Keywords:masonry walls, in-plane behaviour, displacement based design, equivalent viscous damping, inelastic displacement
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