Finite element analysis of adobe masonry using experimentally derived material data

R. Illampas, D. C. Charmpis, I. Ioannou

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Abstract

This paper investigates the structural response of adobe construction. The behaviour of adobe masonry assemblages under cycles of compressive loading-unloading is hereby examined both experimentally and numerically. The development of the finite element (FE) model used in the numerical simulation is based on a macro-modeling strategy while a simple elastic-plastic constitutive law is adopted. All input parameters required are derived from experimental material data. The numerical results are compared with laboratory test outcomes and useful conclusions regarding the applicability of the FE modelling are deduced. The FE method is also used for performing static non-linear analysis on an adobe model structure subjected to gradually increasing horizontal loading. The evaluated response of the model structure is discussed and the constraints imposed by the utilized material model are analyzed. Finally, critical issues that future research should address in order to enable the efficient computational analysis of earthen construction are identified.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event13th International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing, CC 2011 - Chania, Crete, Greece
Duration: 6 Sep 20119 Sep 2011

Other

Other13th International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing, CC 2011
CountryGreece
CityChania, Crete
Period6/09/119/09/11

Keywords

  • Adobe masonry
  • Earthen buildings
  • Masonry modelling
  • Static non-linear analysis

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    Illampas, R., Charmpis, D. C., & Ioannou, I. (2011). Finite element analysis of adobe masonry using experimentally derived material data. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing