In-plane and Out-of-plane load testing and evaluation of sustainable masonry walls

Ali M. Memari, Steve V. Grossenbacher, Lisa D. Iulo

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of a pilot study at Penn State University to compare the structural behavior of three types of masonry that have some sustainable attributes. The three masonry types chosen consisted of concrete masonry unit (CMU), autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC), and adobe. Design professionals are interested in the relative performance of sustainable wall systems and this pilot study was motivated because of the lack of such a comparative study. In the study reported in this paper, 4 ft × 4 ft wall specimens were tested in shear and flexure under dry and wet conditions. A specially made spray rack was used to simulate rain condition on wall specimens before structural tests for wet condition. Comparison of the test results and observations made during the tests are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the AEI 2008 Conference - AEI 2008
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Integration Solutions
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
ISBN (Print)9780784410028
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
EventAEI 2008 Conference - AEI 2008: Building Integration Solutions - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Sep 24 2008Sep 26 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the AEI 2008 Conference - AEI 2008: Building Integration Solutions
Volume328

Other

OtherAEI 2008 Conference - AEI 2008: Building Integration Solutions
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period9/24/089/26/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture

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    Memari, A. M., Grossenbacher, S. V., & Iulo, L. D. (2008). In-plane and Out-of-plane load testing and evaluation of sustainable masonry walls. In Proceedings of the AEI 2008 Conference - AEI 2008: Building Integration Solutions (Proceedings of the AEI 2008 Conference - AEI 2008: Building Integration Solutions; Vol. 328). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/41002(328)62