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Chapter 15

Structural Interaction between Frames and Infill Masonry Walls subject to Lateral Loads: A Review

L. Pallarés and F.J. Pallarés

Institute of Science and Technology of Concrete, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

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L. Pallarés, F.J. Pallarés, "Structural Interaction between Frames and Infill Masonry Walls subject to Lateral Loads: A Review", in J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis and B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), "Computational Techniques for Civil and Structural Engineering", Saxe-Coburg Publications, Stirlingshire, UK, Chapter 15, pp 345-366, 2015. doi:10.4203/csets.38.15
Keywords: experimental, masonry, infills, concrete frame, steel frame.

The influence of the non-structural elements such as full or partial infill brick walls should be taken into account to estimate the stiffness of a building against lateral forces such as wind or earthquake loading. The increase of the stiffness from masonry infills in a reinforced concrete frames must be adequately estimated in order to predict the fundamental frequency modes of a structure.

The literature related to the interaction between masonry infills and reinforced concrete or steel frames has many references to the behaviour of both materials and points out the influence on the dynamic behaviour of the building structure.

In this paper, the literature review including the original studies in the 1960s as well as the current state of knowledge. A classification of the simplified methods, numerical approaches and experimental studies on the interaction between building structures and masonry infills under lateral loads are collected and presented in order to establish the current state of the art. Both the stiffness and the behaviour until failure are considered in this paper as fundamental aspects of the interaction.

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