It is known that masonry walls have a very limited cracking strength but they have significant post-cracking stability. These walls usually crack in the event of a significant earthquake but will have some level of stable rocking response. If that capacity is also exceeded, they will collapse as happened in recent 2010-2011 New Zealand earthquakes.
This project has been defined to use an existing commercial rocking analysis software (Working Model) to define collapse mechanisms in two-storey or higher masonry buildings.
- A brief literature review on the use of Working model to analyze rocking response of blocks
- A brief literature review on rocking response of masonry walls and affecting parameters
- Learning to work with Working Model through published tutorials
- Analysis of systems representing two-storey masonry walls through a parametric study framework
- Further interpretation of the analysis results
- Defined masonry wall collapse mechanisms and affecting factors
Skills and experience
Students with structural engineering background are encouraged to apply
Contact the supervisor for more information.