Yield design modelling of dry joint retaining structures

Anne Sophie Colas, Denis Garnier, Jean Claude Morel

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This study presents an analysis of dry masonry retaining structures based on yield design theory: the structure stability 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. Finally, the possibility of widespreading the study to periodic dry joint and dry-stone retaining structures is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)912-917
Number of pages6
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Dry joint masonry
  • Retaining walls
  • Scale-down experiments
  • Yield design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)


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