Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering

2015 Edition
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Seismic Analysis of Masonry Buildings: Numerical Modeling

  • Christos A. ZerisEmail author
  • Elizabeth Vintzileou
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35344-4_126


Adobe; Confined masonry; Finite elements; Load-bearing masonry; Masonry building reinforced concrete; Reinforced masonry; Seismic analysis; Unreinforced masonry


Masonry building construction encompasses the large inventory of structures built worldwide solely or partially of individually laid masonry units bonded or not together with some type of mortar, possibly with the incorporation of reinforcement; depending on the constituent materials, stacking, and bonding techniques, different technologies are adopted for building the masonry elements that comprise the entire building; thus, materials and techniques adopted worldwide vary with local customs, socioeconomic conditions, and available technology. A comprehensive continuously updated description of the different materials and technologies of construction around the world is given in the World Housing Encyclopedia (EERI/IAEE).

Because of their widespread use, masonry structures house not only the population but...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Civil EngineeringNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece