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Mechanics of Masonry

Course Description:

Mechanics of masonry at material level, description and interpretation of behaviour and design models for normal and accidental actions (earthquake). Introduction to the principles of assessment and rehabilitation of existing masonry structures.

  • Semester 9
  • Teaching hours 4
  • Instructors E. Vintzilaiou (Coordinator)

Prerequisite Knowledge

Basic knowledge on Mechanics, Materials, Strength of Materials, Statics

Course Units

# Title Description Hours
1 Introduction Basic definitions. Physical and mechanical properties of materials (masonry units, mortar). Design values and partial safety factors 1Χ3=3
2 Masonry in compression Behaviour model, effect of parameters on the compressive strength of masonry, uncertainties 1Χ3=3
3 Masonry in compression and flexure (buckling) Behaviour model, design of masonry 1Χ3=3
4 Masonry under in-plane shear Failure modes, behaviour models, design 1Χ3=3
5 Masonry under out-of-plane bending Failure modes, behaviour models, design 1Χ3=3
6 Reinforced masonry Technological aspects, steel-mortar bond, mortar-masonry unit bond, behaviour models, design 1Χ3=3
7 Masonry buildings under seismic actions Behaviour, typical damage, Code provisions, behaviour models, design 3Χ3=9
8 Existing masonry buildings Description of existing buildings, typical materials, typical damage 1Χ3=3
9 Documentation of existing buildings Parameters to be assessed (and their effect on the behaviour of structures), in-situ and in-laboratory investigation techniques 2Χ3=6
10 Introduction to intervention techniques Description and design of common intervention techniques (grouts, ties, enhancement of diaphragm action, etc.) 1Χ3=3

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing the course, the students will have acquired knowledge on:

  1. Basic properties of masonry materials (modern and existing)
  2. The theory of behaviour of masonry under normal and seismic actions
  3. The significance of construction details, as well as the physical justification of design models
  4. Design of buildings made with plain and reinforced masonry, and
  5. The basics of assessment of existing masonry buildings

Teaching Methods

Teaching methods Class lectures. Solving simple examples in the classroom.
Teaching media Presentations on the Table. PowerPoint slides.
Problems - Applications Yes, solved by students

Student Assessment

  • Final written exam: 80%
  • Problems - Applications: 20%

Textbooks - Bibliography

  1. Teaching Notes (mycourses)
  2. Draft Code on Interventions to Existing Masonry Buildings (mycourses)

Lecture Time - Place:

  • Thursday, 13:45 – 15:30,
    Rooms:
    • Ζ. Κτ. 1 Πολ., Αιθ. 2
  • Friday, 13:45 – 15:30,
    Rooms:
    • Ζ. Κτ. 1 Πολ., Αιθ. 2