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Analysis of stress distribution in dry masonry walls using three fringe photoelasticity
Author(s): Iqbal Baig; K. Ramesh; Hariprasad M. P.
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Paper Abstract

Masonry being a composite system is very complex to study with analytical methods alone. Quantitative digital photoelastic analysis using Three Fringe Photoelasticity (TFP) is carried out on a model of a dry masonry wall with bricks made up of epoxy, loaded with a concentrated load. The result obtained provides insight into the micromechanics of force transmission and interactions between bricks in masonry. The result shows that force transmission through the wall occurs at discrete points. A tree like hierarchical pattern of stress flow is observed. It is also observed that the stress percolation results in the existence of stress-free zones in the model domain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2015
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9302, International Conference on Experimental Mechanics 2014, 93022P (4 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2081235
Show Author Affiliations
Iqbal Baig, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)
K. Ramesh, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)
Hariprasad M. P., Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9302:
International Conference on Experimental Mechanics 2014
Chenggen Quan; Kemao Qian; Anand Asundi; Fook Siong Chau, Editor(s)

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