Performance analysis of a detailed FE modelling strategy to simulate the behaviour of masonry-infilled RC frames under cyclic loading

  • Mohamed, Hossameldeen M. (CONSTRUCT-LESE, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto) ;
  • Romao, Xavier (CONSTRUCT-LESE, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto)
  • Received : 2017.02.23
  • Accepted : 2018.04.10
  • Published : 2018.06.25


Experimental testing is considered the most realistic approach to obtain a detailed representation of the nonlinear behaviour of masonry-infilled reinforced concrete (RC) structures. Among other applications, these tests can be used to calibrate the properties of numerical models such as simplified macro-models (e.g., strut-type models) representing the masonry infill behaviour. Since the significant cost of experimental tests limits their widespread use, alternative approaches need to be established to obtain adequate data to validate the referred simplified models. The proposed paper introduces a detailed finite element modelling strategy that can be used as an alternative to experimental tests to represent the behaviour of masonry-infilled RC frames under earthquake loading. Several examples of RC infilled frames with different infill configurations and properties subjected to cyclic loading are analysed using the proposed modelling approach. The comparison between numerical and experimental results shows that the numerical models capture the overall nonlinear behaviour of the physical specimens with adequate accuracy, predicting their monotonic stiffness, strength and several failure mechanisms.


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