In-Plane Behavior of Concrete Masonry Coupled Walls

by Nicholas A. Antrobus, Univ of Texas, United States,
Gilberto Leiva, Univ of Texas, United States,
Mark Merryman, Univ of Texas, United States,
Richard E. Klingner, Univ of Texas, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Design, Analysis and Testing


To study the in-plane seismic resistance of multi-story masonry coupled walls, 6 full-scale reinforced masonry specimens, each two stories high, are being constructed and tested in the laboratory as part of the TCCMAR program. All specimens will be of fully grouted hollow concrete masonry. Three specimens are pairs of walls, coupled by floor slabs with and without lintels. In this paper, the design, construction, and testing of the first coupled wall specimen (Specimen 2a) is described. Preliminary test results are presented, discussed, and compared with analytical predictions.

Subject Headings: Coupled walls | Masonry | Reinforced concrete | Material properties | Compression tests | Dynamic structural analysis | Laboratory tests | Load and resistance factor design

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