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ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 18
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper XIV.2

The Effect of the Number of Mortar Joints on the Strength of Masonry Walls: An Analytical Investigation

J. Morton*, M.D. Kotsovos+, M.N. Pavlovic# and S.M. Seraj**

*Lightwater, Surrey, England
+Faculty of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
#Department of Civil Engineering, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England
**Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
J. Morton, M.D. Kotsovos, M.N. Pavlovic, S.M. Seraj, "The Effect of the Number of Mortar Joints on the Strength of Masonry Walls: An Analytical Investigation", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Developments in Structural Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 391-396, 1993. doi:10.4203/ccp.18.14.2
A well-tested three-dimensional finite-element model for structural concrete is applied to the analysis of masonry walls by conducting a limited numerical parametric study in an attempt to establish the effect of the number of mortar joints on the load-carrying capacity of brick walls of constant height. It is observed, among other findings, that the strength of the brick wall increases with decreasing number of mortar joints, and this is explained with reference to the differing triaxiality of the various components of the wall.

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