Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Calderón S., Vargas L., Sandoval C., Araya-Letelier G. (2020)

Behavior of Partially Grouted Concrete Masonry Walls under Quasi-Static Cyclic Lateral Loading

Revista : Materials
Volumen : 13
Número : 10
Páginas : 1-33
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Eight partially grouted (PG-RM) concrete masonry walls were tested to study the influenceof the strength and width of blocks, the wall aspect ratio, the horizontal and vertical reinforcement ratio, and the presence of edge elements (flanges). The results were analyzed in terms of the failure mode, damage progression, shear strength, lateral stiffness degradation, equivalent viscous damping ratio, and displacement ductility. Additionally, the performances of some existing shear expressions were analyzed by comparing the measured and predicted lateral load capacity of the tested walls. Based on the results, a slight increment in the lateral stiffness was achieved when employing stronger blocks, while the shear strength remained constant. Besides, increasing the width of concrete blocks did not have a significant effect on the shear strength nor in the initial tangential stiffness, but it generated a softer post-peak strength degradation. Increasing the wall aspect ratio reduced the brittleness of the response and the shear strength. Reducing the amount of verticalreinforcement lowered the resulting shear strength, although it also slowed down the post-peak resistance degradation. Transversal edge elements provided integrity to the wall response, generated softer resistance degradation, and improved the symmetry of the response, but they did not raise the lateral resistance.