Theory of Masonry Structures

  • Nielsen, Mogens Peter (Project Manager)
  • Hagsten, Lars German (Project Participant)
  • Bøgh, Søren (Project Participant)
  • Andreasen, Bent Steen (Project Participant)
  • Villumsen, Knud (Project Participant)

Project Details


Although masonry structures have been built in several thousands of years, no development of a basic theory has taken place. In earlier time the structures were wholely based on practical experience. In the past 100 years a large amount of empirical knowledge has been collected. For the basic strength parameters empirical formulas have been suggested and code rules have been formulated.
In Denmark rational failure theories based on the theory of plasticity have been successfully developed. In this project it will be attempted to use the experience obtained for concrete and reinforced concrete structures in order to develop a comprehensive theory of masonry and reinforced masonry.
The problems considered are compressive strength as a function of block and mortar strength, tensile strength, compressive strength at concentrated loadings and shear strength of reinforced masonry beams.
Further a basic theory of the yield moments in transversally loaded walls will be created. The basic strength parameters are the compressive and tensile strengths of the block, the same parameters for the mortar and the strength of the interface between block and mortar. These parameters are determined by either standard tests or newly developed test procedures (Klaus Feilberg Hansen, SBI).
Effective start/end date01/09/199601/09/1999


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