Shear Design of Masonry Walls

by Hans Rudolf Ganz, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland,
Bruno Thürlimann, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: New Analysis Techniques for Structural Masonry


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: Shear walls | Masonry | Compressive strength | Material failures | Material tests | Shear strength | Compression tests | Load tests

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