Experimental study on dynamic behavior of unreinforced masonry walls

Dynamic behavior of unreinforced masonry wall was investigated through a shaking table test in which two specimens were prepared. In order to simulate non-engineering houses of one story, the first specimen consists of a C shaped structure, whose masonry walls are connected only by their ends. The second specimen was built to idealize an upper story, therefore the C wall is connected at the top by a rigid diaphragm floor and a weight suspended. The test result show different behavior between each specimen. In the first specimen an out-of-plane failure mode governs and in second specimen a shear failure mode governs.

Authors: Luis MOYA, Cesar FAJARDO, Taiki SAITO, Koichi MORITA

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