Discrete element modeling of masonry structures
Masonry is a heterogeneous anisotropic material, which is composed of units (e.g. bricks, stones, blocks etc.), bonded together with or without mortar. It is probably the oldest building material that is commonly used today. Although masonry is easy to construct, its mechanical behaviour is non-linear and thus complex to understand. The need to predict the in-service behaviour and load carrying capacity of masonry structures has led researchers to develop several computational strategies and tools that are characterized by different levels of complexity.
The webinar will describe a promising approach which is able to represent the discrete nature of masonry by the Discrete Element Method (DEM). It will discuss the assumptions adopted and numerical implementation issues. Then several case studies of masonry structures subjected to static or earthquake loading will be presented.
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