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Title: A Discrete Element Model for Masonry Vaults Strengthened with Externally Bonded Reinforcement
Authors: Gobbin, F.
De Felice, G.
Lemos, J. V.
Keywords: Discrete Element Method; masonry; numerical modelling; Steel Reinforced Grout
Issue Date: Apr-2020
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: DOI: 10.1080/15583058.2020.1743792
Abstract: The paper investigates the effectiveness of two-dimensional Discrete Element Method as a tool for structural analysis of arches provided with buttresses and backfill and strengthened with externally bonded reinforcement. Masonry vault and buttresses are modelled as an assembly of 2D rigid blocks interacting through non-linear contact joints, the backfill is discretized into deformable elastic-plastic triangular elements, while the reinforcement is modelled by means of truss elements bonded to the substrate through non-linear springs. A parametric analysis on the influence of material parameters and the effect of the discretization of the backfill is carried out, and the outcome of different reinforcement systems, consisting of Steel Reinforced Grout applied either at the intrados or at the extrados, are analysed. The comparison with experimental full-scale tests proved the ability of the numerical approach to capture hinges position, load bearing capability, as well as the increase in deflection and load capacity provided by the reinforcement.
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