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Type: Journal article
Title: Case studies of material properties of late nineteenth-century unreinforced masonry buildings in Adelaide
Author: Derahkshan, H.
Visintin, P.
Griffith, M.
Citation: Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, 2017; 15(2):109-116
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1448-8353
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H. Derakhshana, Phillip Visintin and M. C. Griffith
Abstract: An experimental programme was developed to improve our understanding of the actual in situ strength of non-structural components in typical South Australian unreinforced masonry (URM) construction. The focus was on testing URM walls and chimneys in out-of-plane direction, and in the course of this study 132 as-built URM material specimens were collected. The specimens were tested either in situ or in laboratory. In total, four URM houses located in Darlington, a southern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia, were studied. Three of the buildings were built in the 1960s and the fourth was built in the 1980s. A comparison between the buildings material strength and the default values recommended in the Australian Masonry Standards, AS3700, suggests that the code specified default lower 5% characteristic values were often greater than the measured characteristic strength. The collected data are presented for documentation and some comparison between this and other studies are also made.
Keywords: Unreinforced masonry; material; in situ tests; shear strength; masonry bond strength; compressive strength
Rights: © 2017 Engineers Australia
RMID: 0030078254
DOI: 10.1080/14488353.2017.1401196
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