Experimental response of externally retrofitted masonry walls subjected to shear loading. http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)1090-0268(2008)12:5(489)Revista : Journal of Composites for Construction
Volumen : 12
Número : 5
Páginas : 489-498
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación
Recent earthquakes have produced extensive damage in a large number of existing masonry buildings, demonstrating the need for retrofitting masonry structures. Externally bonded carbon fiber is a retrofitting technique that has been used to increase the strength of reinforced concrete elements. Sixteen full scale shear dominant clay brick masonry walls, six with wire-steel shear reinforcement, were retrofitted with two configurations of externally bonded carbon fiber strips and subjected to shear loading. The results of the experimental program showed that the strength of the walls could be increased 13 to 84%, whereas, their displacement capacity increased 51 to 146%. This paper presents an analysis of the experimental results and simple equations to estimate the cracking load and the maximum shear strength of clay brick masonry walls, retrofitted with carbon fiber.