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Title: Rocking behaviour of simple unreinforced load-bearing masonry walls including soundproofing rubber layers
Authors: Mordant, Christophe
Denoël, Vincent
DEGEE, Herve 
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
Source: Papadrakakis, Manolis; Papadopoulos, Vissarion; Plevris, Vagelis (Ed.). Proceedings of 5th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA),p. 759-771
Abstract: This paper compares experimental measurements with predictions of different rocking models. These comparisons are carried out on the base of recent experimental results obtained by shake-table tests of four simple unreinforced load-bearing clay masonry walls that have exhibited a significant rocking behaviour for the highest acceleration inputs. In a first stage, the simple model proposed by Housner is used after slight modifications needed to properly consider the actual mass distribution. Two parameters are identified as governing the model response, namely the criterion defining the initiation of motion and the restitution coefficient. Then, a two stacked blocks model is developed and solved by an event-driven strategy. This two-block model is intended to allow a better description of the behaviour of tested specimens through a more precise modelling of the additional mass. Finally, the presence of rubber layers positioned at the top and bottom of two of the tested walls with the purpose of improving their acoustic behaviour required the development of an updated rocking model with viscous and flexible interfaces at the base of the wall and between the two stacked blocks. The properties of these interfaces are deduced from experimental data and their significant influence on the response is evidenced.
Keywords: unreinforced masonry; rocking behaviour; stacked blocks; rubber
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ISBN: 9789609999472
DOI: 10.7712/120115.3428.1178
Rights: © The authors
Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
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