Shear Design of Masonry Wallsby Hans Rudolf Ganz, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland,
Bruno Thürlimann, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland,
Abstract: The paper presents a summary of a research project carried out at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich to develop a design method based on the ultimate strength of masonry walls. A general failure criterion for the biaxial compressive strength of masonry is presented. A statically admissible stress field consisting of 'Discrete Compression Diagonals' is shown and lower bounds of the ultimate shear load are calculated using the theory of plasticity.
Subject Headings: Masonry | Shear walls | Material failures | Material tests | Failure analysis | Compressive strength | Shear stress
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