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Effect of near-field earthquake on masonry structure


Directivity and fling step effects are the prominent features of near-field (NF) ground motion and therefore the response of the structures would be quite different near to the fault rupture than far away from the fault. This paper deals with the analysis of unreinforced brick masonry (URBM) buildings under NF earthquakes and modelling of brick masonry is done by using the finite element method (FEM). The masonry has been used commonly for construction in many developing countries and also many heritage buildings were constructed with the same material. Masonry buildings have shown considerable damage during several earthquakes and it is necessary to observe its behaviour under NF earthquake which is pretty different from far-field (FF) ground motions. A set of eight ground motions has been considered for the case of FF and NF (comprises of directivity and fling step effects), are applied at the base of a single-story house in the z-direction. The objective of the study is to find out the difference in the behaviour of the structure under near- and far-field earthquakes. It is realised that the base shear, Von-Mises stress, displacement, and drift ratio have a significant effect on frequency ratio (ω/ωn), the amplitude of predominant frequency, and the distribution of Fourier amplitudes in Fourier spectra. The effect of NF fling step effect is much higher among all responses as compared to the NF directivity effect and FF ground motions.

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This manuscript is a part of the thesis, the principal author is Adeela Afreen, co-guide is Dr. Akil Ahmed and guide is Prof. Khalid Moin.

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Afreen, A., Ahmed, A. & Moin, K. Effect of near-field earthquake on masonry structure. Asian J Civ Eng 22, 895–910 (2021).

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  • Near-field earthquakes
  • Unreinforced brick masonry
  • Non-linear time history analysis
  • Base shear
  • Von-mises stress
  • Drift ratio