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Combined Strengthening Techniques to Improve the Out-of-Plane Performance of Masonry Walls

Version 1 : Received: 18 February 2019 / Approved: 20 February 2019 / Online: 20 February 2019 (12:22:23 CET)

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Ferretti, E.; Pascale, G. Combined Strengthening Techniques to Improve the Out-of-Plane Performance of Masonry Walls. Materials 2019, 12, 1171. Ferretti, E.; Pascale, G. Combined Strengthening Techniques to Improve the Out-of-Plane Performance of Masonry Walls. Materials 2019, 12, 1171.

Journal reference: Materials 2019, 12, 1171
DOI: 10.3390/ma12071171

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to improve the performance of walls under out-of-plane loads, particularly when subjected to the hammering action of the floors. The idea behind the paper is to provide the masonry walls with a device that behaves like a buttress, without having to build a traditional buttress. The solution presented here consists of a mechanical coupling between the three-dimensional net of steel ribbons of the CAM system and the CFRP strips. Since the steel ribbons of the CAM system have a pre-tension, the mechanical coupling allows the steel ribbons to establish a semi-rigid transverse link between the CFRP strips bonded on two opposite sides of a wall. Therefore, two vertical CFRP strips tied by the steel ribbons behave like the flanges of an I-beam and the flexural strength of the ideal I-beam counteracts the out-of-plane displacements of the wall. The experimental results showed that the combined technique inherits the strong points of both constituent techniques: the delamination load is comparable to that of the specimens reinforced with the CFRP strips and the overall behavior is ductile as for the specimens reinforced with the CAM system. They also allowed us to design a more performing combined technique.

Subject Areas

masonry buildings; out-of-plane strength; hammering actions; seismic retrofitting; bracing; dissipative systems; CAM system; CFRP strips

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