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Masonry wall collapse mechanism in earthquakes

Study level

Honours

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/Lead unit

Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Dr Hossein Derakhshan
Position
Research Fellow (DECRA)
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

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.

Research activities

  • 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

Outcomes

  • Defined masonry wall collapse mechanisms and affecting factors

Skills and experience

Students with structural engineering background are encouraged to apply

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Contact

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