Three-Dimensional Analysis Model for Complete Masonry Buildings

by Frieder Seible, Univ of California, La Jolla, United States,
Albert G. Kürkchübasche, Univ of California, La Jolla, United States,
Gregory R. Kingsley, Univ of California, La Jolla, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


For the predictive and diagnostic analysis of the complete nonlinear response of masonry buildings to seismic load input, a 3-D finite element model is under development at UCSD. The model, its components and the verification against full scale component and prototype test data are described. Good agreement between experimental results and analyses shows that the phenomenological finite element model can capture the highly nonlinear response of masonry sub-structures and complete buildings.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Three-dimensional models | Three-dimensional analysis | Masonry | Earthquake resistant structures | Nonlinear response | Dynamic structural analysis | Construction methods

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