Masonry mechanical properties

Bahman Ghiassi, A.T. Vermeltfoort, P.B. Lourenco

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Different approaches can be followed for numerical modeling of masonry and historical structures. Depending on the modeling strategy and level of complexity involved, a set of input parameters related to linear and nonlinear properties of units and mortar or masonry is required that, ideally, should be obtained experimentally.

However, in most cases either performing experimental tests is not allowed at all (such as in historical structures) or only a few types of tests are performed due to economical reasons or lack of suitable testing equipment. This chapter discusses the way these mechanical properties are established and gives some suggestions for establishment of material properties for numerical simulations when limited experimental results are available.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNumerical modeling of masonry and historical structures
Subtitle of host publicationfrom theory to application
EditorsBahman Ghiassi, Gabriele Milani
PublisherElsevier, Woodhead publishing
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780081024409
ISBN (Print)9780081024393
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameWoodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering


  • Historic constructions
  • Masonry
  • Material properties
  • Numerical modeling


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