American Society of Civil Engineers


In-Plane and Out-of-Plane Load Testing and Evaluation of Sustainable Masonry Walls


by Ali M. Memari, (Department of Architectural Engineering, Penn State University, 104 Engineering Unit A, University Park, PA, 16802; E-mail: amm7@psu.edu), Steve V. Grossenbacher, (Department of Architectural Engineering, Penn State University, 104 Engineering Unit A, University Park, PA, 16802), and Lisa D. Iulo, (Department of Architecture, Penn State University, Stuckeman Family Building, Room 426, University Park, PA, 16802)

pp. 1-10, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/41002(328)62)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: AEI 2008: Building Integration Solutions
Abstract: This paper presents the results of a pilot study at Penn State University to compare the structural behavior of three types of masonry that have some sustainable attributes. The three masonry types chosen consisted of concrete masonry unit (CMU), autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC), and adobe. Design professionals are interested in the relative performance of sustainable wall systems and this pilot study was motivated because of the lack of such a comparative study. In the study reported in this paper, 4 ft x 4 ft wall specimens were tested in shear and flexure under dry and wet conditions. A specially made spray rack was used to simulate rain condition on wall specimens before structural tests for wet condition. Comparison of the test results and observations made during the tests are discussed.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Load tests
Sustainable development
Walls
Masonry