Numerical modelling of the in-plane loaded homogenized masonry walls

Kömürcü S., Gedikli A.

Periodicals of Engineering and Natural Sciences, vol.5, pp.314-321, 2017 (Scopus) identifier


Masonry structures are one of the oldest structures in the world and have a considerable place among all the structures. Modelling of the masonry structures has become a significant requirement to evaluate the strengths of existing masonry structures and to build modern masonry structures. In this study, in-plane behaviors of the walls which constituting masonry structures are numerically modelled and analyzed. The homogenization technique is applied to obtain the material parameters used in the models. Unreinforced solid masonry wall and masonry wall with an opening are analyzed. The propagations of the cracks which may occur under the in-plane loads on the walls are investigated numerically. Fracture mechanisms occurring in the walls under the effect of in-plane loads are determined as a result of the analyzes.