Experimental Evaluation and Finite Element Analysis of Masonry-Infilled R/C Frames

by P. B. Shing, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
A. B. Mehrabi, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
M. Schuller, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
J. L. Noland, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Analysis and Computation


Eleven tests were conducted on 1/2-scale, single-story infilled frame specimens to study the influence of the relative strengths of the infill panels and the bounding frames and the frame aspect ratio on the performance of masonry-infilled R/C frames. It was observed that specimens with stronger infills exhibited a higher load resistance and a better energy-dissipation capability. However, their post-peak resistance dropped more rapidly as the displacement increased. Finite element models incorporating the interaction of the frame-panel interface and the fracture behavior of mortar joints have been developed. An excellent correlation has been obtained between the experimental and numerical results.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Reinforced concrete | Concrete frames | Steel frames | Masonry | Frames | Steel structures

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