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New building blocks for the construction industry

Reinforced masonry systems offer many benefits, but they have yet to be exploited in the construction industry due to drawbacks such as the un-easiness of construction and durability issues. Work to address these and other problems was undertaken with success.
New building blocks for the construction industry
The 'Developing innovative systems for reinforced masonry walls' (Diswall) project aimed to develop innovative systems for load and non-load–bearing reinforced masonry walls. The EU-funded project envisioned several benefits of advancing vertical reinforcement and fastening of mortar and concrete, and of integrating these with special blocks to define a new constructive system. These include new quality possibilities for masonry walls, more economical construction techniques, and crack-free, earthquake-resistant construction.

The project's general objectives included development of materials for reinforced masonry wall systems, development of construction technology for reinforced masonry walls and development of a quality assessment procedure based on non-destructive testing (NDT) methods. The goal was to apply advances in these areas to achieve effective integration of new materials into the production system and of reinforced masonry systems into the construction sector.

Diswall partners succeeded in creating new types of units, mortar and concrete and reinforcement, and developed a list of requirements for further material enhancements. New reinforced masonry systems were subjected to NDT and numerical modelling, with proper modelling techniques being defined and parametric analyses carried out. Design rules were defined and implemented into a software package and guidelines. This enabled the construction of one real building as well as other prototypes.

The team set up a database of experimental results and also widely disseminated their project results, which met all objectives and originally defined deliverables.

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