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Effect of non-structural masonry brick infill walls on the robustness of a RC

Barros, Mariana; Cavaco, Eduardo; Neves, Luis; Julio, Eduardo


Mariana Barros

Eduardo Cavaco

Eduardo Julio


Western countries are increasingly demanding for robust structures, i.e., structures capable of withstanding local damage caused by unforeseen extreme events without triggering a progressive collapse, thus reducing the magnitude and proportion of the resulting consequences. In this paper, the robustness of framed RC buildings is analysed by comparing the reliability of the damaged structure with that of the original structure and considering (or not) the contribution of the masonry infill walls. To validate the adopted methodology, this is tested on a residential RC building severely damage due to a landslide, herein considered as case-study. A numerical model of the original, as well as, of the damaged structure is defined using force-based finite elements with distributed plasticity. Masonry infill walls are modelled as equivalent internal struts. Monte Carlo simulation and FORM coupled with artificial neural networks and response surface polynomials are used in parallel to perform the reliability analyses of both original and damaged structures. Obtained results show that the masonry infill walls are fundamental to contain damage progression after the failure of a couple of columns. In fact, without these non-structural elements, the structure would lack in robustness, and the probability of failure would be above 99%. On the contrary, by considering the structural contribution of the masonry infill walls, the robustness of the structure would be circa of 30% corresponding to a failure
probability of 6%.


Barros, M., Cavaco, E., Neves, L., & Julio, E. (2019). Effect of non-structural masonry brick infill walls on the robustness of a RC. Engineering Structures, 180, 274-283.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 11, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 23, 2018
Publication Date Feb 1, 2019
Deposit Date Nov 28, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 24, 2019
Journal Engineering Structures
Print ISSN 0141-0296
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 180
Pages 274-283
Keywords Civil and Structural Engineering
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