Steel based retrofitting interventions for existing masonry walls: a comparative numerical investigation

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Masonry buildings constitute a significant portion of the architectural heritage all over the world, also in regions affected by a high seismic hazard. Since this constructional material is character-ized by lack of tensile strength, as well as small deformation capacity, masonry structures could result hugely damaged if shaken by seismic forces. In order to avoid collapses and reduce struc-tural damage, innovative retrofitting interventions are necessary to improve the seismic behavior of masonry structures. In this context, steel-based techniques could be considered among the most suitable solutions. In fact, by using such a high-performant material, additional strength and ductility may be conferred to existing masonry structures. Based on these premises, the present paper focuses on a numerical investigation of two different retrofitting techniques: the CAM© sys-tem and the application of steel grids on both faces of a masonry wall. In particular, on the base of an experimental test carried out within the research project In.CAM.M.I.N.O. on an unreinforced masonry wall tested in condition of constant vertical force and horizontal loads, a reference FE Model has been calibrated in Abaqus by using a macro-modelling approach with a damage-plas-ticity material model for the masonry. Then, based on the reference model, the efficiency of the two systems has been investigated and compared by means of numerical analyses, in order to eval-uate the strength and ductility increases obtainable by the application of the two retrofitting tech-niques.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteSteel construction: design and research
Numero di pagine9
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2021


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