The present paper proposes an interphase model for the simulation of damage propagation in masonry walls in the framework of amesoscopic approach. The model is thermodynamically consistent, with constitutive relations derived from a Helmholtz free potential energy. With respect to classic interface elements, the internal stress contribute is added to the contact stresses. It is considered that damage, in the form of loss of adhesion or cohesion, can potentially take place at each of the two blocks–mortar physical interfaces. Flow rules are obtained in the framework of the Theory of Plasticity, considering bilinear domains of ‘Coulomb with tension cut-off’ type. The model aims to be a first research step to solve the inverse problem of damage propagation in masonry generated by vertical ground movements, in order to ex-post identify the cause of a visible damage. The constitutive model is written in a discrete form for its implementation in a research-oriented finite element program. The response at the quadrature point is analyzed first. Then, the model is validated through comparisons with experimental results and finally employed to simulate the failure occurred in a wall of an ancient masonry building, where an arched collapse took place due to a lowering of the ground level under part of its foundation.
|Numero di pagine||22|
|Rivista||Archive of Applied Mechanics|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2019|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanical Engineering