Isise, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Guimaräes, Portugal
ABSTRACT: The mechanical characterization of the shear strength properties takes a major role on the evaluation of the lateral strength of masonry shear walls by means of simplified methods or when numerical analysis based on micromodelling approach is to be followed. Thus, the present paper presents an overview of the results obtained from direct shear tests of different types of masonry joints: dry and mortar masonry joints. Besides the shear strength parameters, a good insight was achieved in the evaluation of the complete shear stress-shear load displacement diagrams.
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