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The purpose of the research presented is to investigate the seismic behaviour of unreinforced brick masonry walls both experimentally and numerically, and to assess the ability of the pseudo-dynamic method to handle stiff brittle structures. The seismic behaviour of brick masonry walls depends on their height/width ratio and on vertical stress. The pseudo-dynamic method is able to handle stiff brittle structures provided that the control system ensures a good precision on forces and displacements. However, objective comparison with dynamic tests is often difficult because, on a shaking table, the loading conditions are difficult to control.

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Authors: ANTHOINE A, JRC Ispra (IT);MAGONETTE G, JRC Ispra (IT);MAGENES G, University of Pavia (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 10th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Wien (AT), August 28 - September 2, 1994
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 38655 ORA
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