Experimental Evaluation and Finite Element Analysis of Masonry-Infilled R/C Frames

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by P. B. Shing, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
A. B. Mehrabi, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
M. Schuller, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
J. L. Noland, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Analysis and Computation

Abstract: Eleven tests were conducted on 1/2-scale, single-story infilled frame specimens to study the influence of the relative strengths of the infill panels and the bounding frames and the frame aspect ratio on the performance of masonry-infilled R/C frames. It was observed that specimens with stronger infills exhibited a higher load resistance and a better energy-dissipation capability. However, their post-peak resistance dropped more rapidly as the displacement increased. Finite element models incorporating the interaction of the frame-panel interface and the fracture behavior of mortar joints have been developed. An excellent correlation has been obtained between the experimental and numerical results.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Concrete frames | Steel frames | Strength of materials | Masonry | Steel structures | Reinforced concrete |

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