The prediction of damage to masonry houses caused by foundation movements

Zhuge, Yan and Jin, Feng and Hunt, Suzanne P. (2004) The prediction of damage to masonry houses caused by foundation movements. Advances in Structural Engineering, 7 (1). pp. 81-93. ISSN 1369-4332

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Cracking failure in masonry houses founded on expansive soils has been widely reported throughout Australia and other countries. The cost associated with such damage is significant. The current codes of practice only provide broad guidance on the design principles of masonry under ground movement, due to a lack of research in the area. In this paper a numerical model has been developed to study the behaviour of masonry walls under footing movements as a result of expansive soils. The model is based on Distinct Element Method (DEM) which has been applied successfully by the authors to model the masonry walls under simulated (static) in-plane earthquake forces. The model is capable of predicting the crack initiation, propagation and failure modes of masonry walls under various footing movements (doming or dishing curvatures). The numerical solutions obtained from the distinct element analysis are validated by comparing the results with those obtained from the existing experiments.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with blanket permission of Publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 12 May 2010 01:38
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2013 05:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: masonry; footing movement; numerical modelling; distinct element method; cracking
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090501 Civil Geotechnical Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1260/136943304322985783

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