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Investigation of the Structural Response of Masonry Structures

  • Georgios A. Drosopoulos
  • Jan Phakwago
  • Maria E. Stavroulaki
  • Georgios E. StavroulakisEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 962)

Abstract

Methods used for the structural evaluation of masonry structures and monuments are presented in this article. Limit analysis is initially presented as a tool for the study of the collapse mechanism and limit load of masonry structures. Unilateral contact-friction laws are introduced between the stones, to describe damage due to opening-sliding. Related applications to masonry arch bridges as well as comparison with experimental investigations, are presented. Νon-linear finite element analysis, using similar concepts taken from non-smooth mechanics, is also presented. Eventually, numerical homogenization methods are adopted for the evaluation of masonry walls. A microscopic sample (Representative Volume Element) consisting of masonry and mortar joints is chosen and average stress and stiffness are derived numerically. Then, they are used within a macroscopic homogeneous model, for the representation of the structural response. Applications of the mentioned approaches to masonry bridges and walls offer a further insight on the response of these structures.

Keywords

Unilateral contact Limit analysis Masonry arches-homogenization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgios A. Drosopoulos
    • 1
  • Jan Phakwago
    • 1
  • Maria E. Stavroulaki
    • 2
  • Georgios E. Stavroulakis
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Discipline of Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering and Computational Mechanics Group (SECM)University of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of Architecture, Applied Mechanics LaboratoryTechnical University of CreteChaniaGreece
  3. 3.School of Production Engineering and ManagementInstitute of Computational Mechanics and Optimization, Technical University of CreteChaniaGreece

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