Failure Hypothesis for Masonry Shear Walls

by Felix Y. Yokel, (M.ASCE), Research Engr.; Center for Building Tech., National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C.,
S. George Fattal, (M.ASCE), Research Struct. Engr.; Center for Building Tech., National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 3, Pg. 515-532


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Various failure hypotheses for wall panels subjected simultaneously to diagonal compressive load and to vertical compressive edge load are compared with the results of 32 tests on four types of brick masonry walls which were published elsewhere. It is concluded that failure can occur by joint separation or by splitting. A failure hypothesis is advanced which is shown to be in good agreement with the test results examined.

Subject Headings: Failure analysis | Structural failures | Load tests | Vertical loads | Shear walls | Material failures | Compression | Failure loads

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