Experimental characterisation of as-built and retrofitted timber-masonry connections under monotonic, cyclic and dynamic loading

Michele Mirra*, Geert Ravenshorst, Peter de Vries, Francesco Messali

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Abstract

In the province of Groningen (NL), where human-induced earthquakes take place due to gas extraction, a large part of the building stock is composed of brick masonry walls and timber diaphragms. In this framework, timber-masonry connections play a crucial role in the global seismic response of the buildings, but their properties and structural behaviour have not been investigated yet for the Dutch context. This work describes the experimental campaign conducted at Delft University of Technology to characterize as-built and strengthened timber-masonry connections. The joints were tested under either quasi-static monotonic, cyclic or dynamic loading, to analyse the effect of an induced earthquake signal on the connections’ response in terms of strength, stiffness and damage evolution. The obtained test results provided more insight into the capacity and properties of existing connections, and useful knowledge on the effectiveness of the tested retrofitting methods.

Original languageEnglish
Article number129446
Number of pages18
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Volume358
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Damage
  • Retrofitting
  • Seismic Rehabilitation
  • Timber-masonry connections

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