Influence of Infill Masonry Walls in the Seismic Response of Buildings: From Field Observations to Laboratory Research

  • Humberto Varum
  • António Arêde
  • André Furtado
  • Hugo Rodrigues
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Natural Hazards book series (SPRINGERNAT)


The seismic performance of infill masonry walls is a topic of growing importance due to the significant number of collapses observed through the recent earthquakes. Nowadays is recognized by the scientific community the influence of these elements in the structural response of reinforced concrete structures subjected to seismic actions. The infills out-of-plane (OOP) behaviour depends on a series of variables and there is a lack of experimental data to understand and predict their expected seismic performance. There is a need of data to calibrate numerical models and to understand the effect of each variable such as type of masonry, boarder constrains, slenderness, previous in-plane damage and insufficient support width in the infills OOP capacity. The present chapter pretends to overview some considerations regarding the performance assessment of infills OOP performance such as based on experimental tests and numerical modelling results. Additionally, a brief literature and international codes recommendations review on this topic will be presented and discusses and will help to understand the importance of the infills seismic behaviour on the performance assessment of reinforced concrete structures.


Calibration Experimental tests Numerical modelling Seismic behaviour 



This work was financially supported by: Project POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007457—CONSTRUCT—Institute of R&D In Structures and Construction funded by FEDER funds through COMPETE2020—Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização (POCI)—and by national funds through FCT—Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia on the research project P0CI-01-0145-FEDER-016898—ASPASSI—Safety Evaluation and Retrofitting of Infill masonry enclosure Walls for Seismic demands.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Humberto Varum
    • 1
  • António Arêde
    • 1
  • André Furtado
    • 1
  • Hugo Rodrigues
    • 2
  1. 1.CONSTRUCT-LESE, Faculdade de EngenhariaUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.RISCO, School of Technology and ManagementPolytechnic of LeiriaLeiriaPortugal

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