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Field assessment of the material properties of New Zealand’s unreinforced masonry buildings



Title: Field assessment of the material properties of New Zealand’s unreinforced masonry buildings
Author(s): R. Lumantarna, A.W. Wilson, A.P. Russell, J.M. Ingham
Paper category : conference
Book title: RILEM Symposium on On Site Assessment of Concrete, Masonry and Timber Structures - SACoMaTiS 2008
Editor(s): L. Binda, M. di Prisco, R. Felicetti
Print-ISBN: 978-2-35158-061-5
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-075-2
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2008
Pages: 641 - 650
Total Pages: 10
Nb references: 12
Language: English


Abstract: New Zealand’s unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings have proven to perform poorly during earthquakes. Due to this poor performance, seismic assessment and retrofit of these buildings becomes necessary as they not only represent a significant architectural heritage, but also occupy a significant portion of the nation’s building stock. In order to achieve an accurate seismic assessment and a cost effective seismic retrofit, it is important to accurately establish the constituent material properties of these buildings.
The importance of material data is reported, including the suggested values currently available in international seismic assessment guidelines and current research progress towards an improved set of recommendations for use in New Zealand. The tests performed to obtain material properties, a review of field test sites and the catalogue of material data so far obtained from field testing are also included. Tests were performed to obtain brick and prism compressive strength, flexural bond strength, and mortar shear strength.


Online publication: 2009-05-26
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00


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