Full-Scale Testing of Unreinforced Masonry Infill Frame Panels

by James A. Hill, James A. Hill & Associates, Inc, Signal Hill, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


This paper presents the results of the out-of-plane testing phase of the National Science Foundation Grant BCS 9102347. This phase of the program addresses the out-of-plane response to lateral loading of unreinforced, unanchored brick infill panels. The program consisted of the destructive testing of three infill panels in an existing building scheduled for demolition. Loads were applied by hydraulic jacks which were alternately loaded, unloaded, and reloaded in a manner which allowed the load deflection characteristics to be monitored under successive load cycles. Basic load deflection results are presented with no attempt in this report to correlate results with analytical theory. The goal of this phase of the test program was to generate full scale test data from actual buildings which could be used to investigate the validity of the three hinged arch model.

Subject Headings: Full-scale tests | Masonry | Frames | Panels (structural) | Lateral loads | Material tests | Hydraulic loads | Load factors

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