3D homogenised strength criterion for masonry: application to drystone retaining walls

H. H. Le, D. Garnier, A.-S. Colas, B. Terrade, Jean-Claude Morel

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    A 3D strength criterion for masonry is constructed based on yield designtheory. Yield design homogenisation provides a rigorous theoretical frameworkto determine the yield strength properties of a periodic medium, basedon the properties of its constituent materials. First, theoretical basis of 2Dhomogenisation of periodic media, and more particularly its application inthe framework of yield design, will be retrieved. Then, 2D principles areextended to exhibit a 3D domain of running-bond masonry. This criterion isfinally used to assess the stability of a drystone retaining wall loaded by anaxle load, and theoretical results are compared to experimental data. Perspectiveson this work are given as a conclusion.

    NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, [95, (2016)] DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2016.05.021

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    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)239-253
    JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
    Early online date4 Jun 2016
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

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    • masonry
    • homogenisation
    • strength criterion
    • drystone
    • retaining wall

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