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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 67
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper IV.1

A Damage Model for Masonry Infilled Frames

R. Perera, S. Gomez and E. Alarcon

Department of Structural Mechanics, Technical University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

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R. Perera, S. Gomez, E. Alarcon, "A Damage Model for Masonry Infilled Frames", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Computational Techniques for Materials, Composites and Composite Structures", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 183-188, 2000. doi:10.4203/ccp.67.4.1
The effect of infill walls on the behaviour of frames is widely recognized, and, for several decades now, has been the subject of numerous experimental investigations. However, the analytical modeling of infilled panels and frames under in-plane loading is difficult and generally unreliable. From the point of view of the simulation technique the models may be divided into micromodels and simplified (or macro-) models.

Based on the equivalent strut approach (simplified model), in this paper a damage model is proposed for the characterization of masonry walls submitted to lateral cyclic loads. The model, developed along the lines of the Continuum Damage Mechanics, have the advantages of including explicitly the coupling between damage and mechanical behaviour and so is consistent with the definition of damage as a phenomenon with mechanical consequences.

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