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A multi-level interface model for damaged masonry

Raffa, Maria Letizia and Lebon, Frédéric and Sacco, Elio and Welemane, Hélène A multi-level interface model for damaged masonry. (2013) In: International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing, 3 September 2013 - 6 September 2013 (Cagliari, Italy).

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The aim of the present work is to propose a new micro-mechanical model in the context of the deductive approach used to derive interface models. This model, based on a previous study introduced previously by A. Rekik and F. Lebon, is used to reproduce the damage in masonry by combining structural analysis and homogenization methods. The focal point of this method is to assume the existence of a third material, called interphase, which is a mixture of the two principal constituents of masonry, brick and mortar, and that is the interface between them. This new element presents a low thickness, a low stiffness and a given damage ratio. The mechanical problem of masonry, initially a 3D problem, is solved numerically as a 2D problem using finite element methods. The properties of the interface brick-mortar material are obtained using three essentials steps. First of all, an exact homogenisation of a laminates is used to define a first homogeneous equivalent medium named HEM-1. After, the assumption of damaged material is taken into account by using the general framework given by M. Kachanov to evaluate the global behaviour of the damaged HEM-1 defining thus a second equivalent homogeneous medium noted HEM-2. The last step consists in using an asymptotic analysis technique which is performed to model HEM-2 as an interface or a joint. The properties of this joint are deduced from those of the HEM-2 material as proposed in former papers. Particularly, through the second homogenization are taken into account the variability of microcracks oriented family and simultaneously the opening-closure effects (unilateral behaviour). Numerically this interface is modelled with connector finite elements. Numerical results are compared to experimental ones available in the literature.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Thanks to Civil-Comp Press editor. The definitive version is available at : http://www.ctresources.info/ccp/paper.html?id=7397. DOI:10.4203/ccp.102.64
HAL Id:hal-00926541
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Other partners > Ecole Centrale Marseille (FRANCE)
Other partners > Università degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale (ITALY)
Other partners > Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata" (ITALY)
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Deposited On:10 Dec 2013 10:51

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