2D modelling of a dry joint masonry wall retaining a pulverulent backfill

A. S. Colas, J. C. Morel, D. Garnier

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This work focuses on an analysis of dry joint retaining structures based on yield design theory: the stability of the masonry is assessed using rigid block and shear failure mechanisms in the wall and its backfill. An application of this simulation on 2D scale-down brick and wood models is then addressed, showing close agreement between theoretical predictions and experimental results. Further development on this work, including application of this theory on dry-stone retaining walls, is discussed as a conclusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1237-1249
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • 2D scale-down experiments
  • Dry joint stone masonry
  • Retaining walls
  • Yield design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanics of Materials


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