Cohesive-frictional interface fracture behavior in soft-brick masonry: experimental investigation and theoretical development


An experimental investigation into the shear transfer across the brick mortar interface at different levels of applied pre-compression is reported. Direct shear tests are performed in the triplet test configuration on masonry made with a soft brick. The failure across the brick–mortar interface is progressive and is produced by a crack in the brick–mortar interface. The interface crack propagates in a thin layer where the mortar penetrates the brick. A cohesive-frictional interface relationship which combines progressive cohesive failure with increasing frictional resistance is developed. The maximum shear resistance obtained from the cohesive-frictional relationship follows a Mohr–Coulomb type relationship. The residual frictional resistance increases linearly with an increase in the applied compression.

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Ravula, M.B., Subramaniam, K.V.L. Cohesive-frictional interface fracture behavior in soft-brick masonry: experimental investigation and theoretical development. Mater Struct 52, 34 (2019).

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  • Masonry
  • Dilation
  • Shear
  • Failure
  • Interface
  • Cohesive
  • Fracture