For the design of masonry shear walls a failure criterion for biaxially loaded masonry elements was developed at the Institute of Structural Engineering of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich. To experimentally study the important parameters of this failure criterion for the various existing masonry products, the tests described in this report were conducted. Values for the calculation of the strength of masonry with clay and sand-lime bricks were then derived.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roland Guggisberg
    • 1
  • Bruno Thürlimann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Baustatik und KonstruktionEidgenössische Technische Hochschule ZürichSchweiz

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