Reinforcing masonry walls with composite materials - model

John Jai, George S. Springer, László P. Kollár, Helmut Krawinkler

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In this investigation, a procedure is developed for determining the effectiveness of composite materials in retrofitting masonry buildings to reduce seismic damage. The reinforcement considered is a thin layer of fiber-reinforced composite applied to the wall in a wallpaper-like fashion. Models were developed which predict the behavior of masonry walls reinforced in such a fashion and subjected to static, in-plane normal and shear loads. Solid walls, as well as walls with openings (such as windows and doors), were considered. The models estimate the load-deflection characteristic of the wall, the load set at which the wall fails, and the deflection of the wall at the instant of failure. Numerical results were also generated which indicate that composite reinforcement applied in a wall-paper-like fashion may increase substantially the load carrying capacities of masonry walls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1548-1581
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Composite Materials
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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