Strengthening of unreinforced masonry structures using Ultra High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC)

Lampropoulos, Andreas, Tsioulou, Ourania, Paschalis, Spyridon and Dritsos, Stephanos (2016) Strengthening of unreinforced masonry structures using Ultra High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC). In: IABSE Congress: Challenges in Design and Construction of an Innovative and Sustainable Built Environment, 21-23 Sep 2016, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Abstract

The majority of existing unreinforced masonry structures are prone to weathering and catastrophic events such as earthquakes. The collapse of non-engineering masonry structures after strong earthquakes is one of the greatest causes of serious injuries and fatalities worldwide and especially in low and middle income countries. The repair and/or strengthening of unreinforced masonry structures is a challenging task and there is an urgent need for the protection of these structures. In the current study, the application of Ultra High Performance Fibre Reinforcement Concrete (UHPFRC) has been examined for the improvement of the structural performance of existing masonry structures. ATENA software has been used for the finite element analyses and the behaviour of UHPFRC has been simulated using experimental results of direct tensile and compressive tests. A parametric study has been conducted using two different joint thicknesses while the effectiveness of an additional UHPFRC in contact with the masonry walls alongside with UHPFRC repointing has been investigated. The results presented in the current study indicate that the replacement of conventional mortar with UHPFRC leads to considerably improved strength and stiffness. Considerably higher values of both strength and stiffness have been achieved in case of specimens with UHPFRC joints alongside with UHPFRC layers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Identifier: 10.2749/stockholm.2016.1202
Page Range: pp. 1202-1209
Uncontrolled Keywords: masonry, strengthening, repointing, UHPFRC, layers
Subjects: Construction and engineering
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Depositing User: Spyridon Paschalis
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2021 13:58
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2021 15:30
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8187

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