Finite element analysis of masonry walls reinforced with expanded steel plates
Keywords:Finite element analysis, Masonry units, Micro modeling
Existing commercial software (such as ANSYS or other similar software) can be used to efficiently model complicated masonry walls, according to the results of the study. The numerical simulations and calculations used in this study helped to improve our understanding of the structural response of unreinforced and TRM-strengthened masonry walls subjected to diagonal compressive. Masonry constructions are made up of masonry units (brick, stone, marble, etc.) that are joined together using mortar. The models are implemented in ANSYS software to simulate the structural behavior of a tested wall in literature. Brick and mortar are modeled separately in the micro model. The results obtained in the micro modeling and are inconsistent with the experimental study in the literature. The model is implemented in ANSYS and then used to simulate the structural behavior of a group of walls previously tested in a laboratory. The results obtained with the proposed model are in good accord with those obtained in laboratory tests for the five walls considered.
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