Numerical simulation of masonry shear panels with distinct element approach

Zhuge, Yan and Hunt, Suzanne P. (2003) Numerical simulation of masonry shear panels with distinct element approach. Structural Engineering and Mechanics, 15 (4). pp. 477-493. ISSN 1225-4568


Masonry is not a simple material, the influence of mortar joints as a plane of weakness is a significant feature and this makes the numerical modelling of masonry very difficult especially when dynamic (seismic) analysis is involved. In order to develop a simple numerical model for masonry under earthquake load, an analytical model based on Distinct Element Method (DEM) is being developed. At the first stage, the model is applied to simulate the in-plane shear behaviour of an unreinforced masonry wall with and without opening where the testing results are available for comparison. In DEM, a solid is represented as an assembly of discrete blocks. Joints are modelled as interface between distinct bodies. It is a dynamic process and specially designed to model the behaviour of discontinuities. The numerical solutions obtained from the distinct element analysis are validated by comparing the results with those obtained from existing experiments and finite element modelling.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright: Submission of an article to 'Structural Engineering and Mechanics' implies that it presents the original and unpublished work, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. On acceptance of the submitted manuscript, the copyright thereof is transferred to the publisher by the Transfer of Copyright Agreement
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 13:00
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2013 05:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer simulation; earthquake effects; failure analysis; mathematical models; shear walls; structural panels; distinct element method; masonry shear panels; seismic analysis; unreinforced masonry; finite element method
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
12 Built Environment and Design > 1204 Engineering Design > 120499 Engineering Design not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090504 Earthquake Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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