Performance and Analysis of Frames With URM Infills

by Khalid M. Mosalam, Cornell Univ, Ithaca, United States,
Peter Gergely, Cornell Univ, Ithaca, United States,
Richard N. White, Cornell Univ, Ithaca, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Analysis and Computation


The interaction of unreinforced hollow concrete block masonry (URM) infill walls and gravity load designed (GLD) frames has been studied at Cornell University. The primary goal of this research is the development of simplified analytical procedures for the prediction of the performance of this common type of structure, especially for demands expected in regions of moderate seismicity. In this paper an analytical investigation is conducted using the finite element method (FEM) for a steel frame infilled with URM. The purpose of this analysis is to predict the performance of this infilled frame before testing to facilitate loading and instrumenting it in a useful and realistic way.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Concrete frames | Structural analysis | Masonry | Gravity loads | Concrete blocks | Steel frames

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