Buildings with structural mansonry walls connected to tie-columns and bond-beams

Student: Mariana Asinari
Supervisors: Prof Guido Magedes, Dr Andrea Penna


Confined masonry is extensively used in seismic regions around the world. Experimental data about confined masonry are very scarce and this lack of knowledge affects the seismic safety and the design practice of masonry structures.

This type of constructions consist basically of masonry panels confined by vertical and horizontal elements usually of reinforce concrete. This confinement enhances greatly the connection between structural walls, improves the stability and the strength, provides ductility under earthquake loading and improves the integrity and containment of earthquake damage in masonry walls.

The present dissertation concerns a general review on confined masonry structures, ranging from current and past research, taking as a reference the experimental data available in the literature. Failure and resisting mechanisms are described. Vulnerability and experimental tests in confined masonry are presented as well. Finally some code recommendations, of different countries, for a proper construction and resistance verification are given.

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