Modeling Earthquake Response of Concrete Masonry Building Structures


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Title: Modeling Earthquake Response of Concrete Masonry Building Structures

Author(s): Daniel P. Abrams and Thomas J. Paulson

Publication: Structural Journal

Volume: 88

Issue: 4

Appears on pages(s): 475-485

Keywords: buildings; cracking (fracturing); damping; dynamic tests; earthquake-resistant structures; laboratories; lateral pressure; masonry; models; tests; Design

Date: 7/1/1991

Discusses considerations involved with modeling concrete masonry building structures at one-quarter scale and reports on tests carried out to evaluate mechanical properties of reduced-scale masonry materials. Procedures used to design and test two different three-story building structures to failure on a shaking table are also presented. Samples of dynamic response are presented to demonstrate the relevance of using scale models for earthquake engineering research.