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Analysis Of Masonry Infilled RC Frame Structures Under Lateral Loading

Mircea Barnaure
  • Assistant Lecturer, PhD, Technical University of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Civil, Industrial and Agricultural Buildings
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Published Online: 2015-05-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mmce-2015-0004


Partition walls are often made of masonry in Romania. Although they are usually considered non-structural elements in the case of reinforced concrete framed structures, the infill panels contribute significantly to the seismic behaviour of the building. Their impact is difficult to assess, mainly because the interaction between the bounding frame and the infill is an intricate issue. This paper analyses the structural behaviour of a masonry infilled reinforced concrete frame system subjected to in - plane loading. Three numerical models are proposed and their results are compared in terms of stiffness and strength of the structure. The role of the openings in the infill panel on the behaviour is analysed and discussed. The effect of gaps between the frame and the infill on the structural behaviour is also investigated. Comparisons are made with the in-force Romanian and European regulations provisions.

Keywords: numerical modelling; in-plane deformation; gap; diagonal strut; openings


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Published Online: 2015-05-16

Published in Print: 2015-03-01

Citation Information: Mathematical Modelling in Civil Engineering, Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 29–39, ISSN (Online) 2066-6934, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mmce-2015-0004.

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