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Earthquakes and Structures
  Volume 16, Number 3, March 2019, pages 329-348

Effect of masonry infilled panels on the seismic performance of a R/C frames
Hassan Aknouche, Abdelhalim Airouche and Hakim Bechtoula

    The main objective of this experimental research was to investigate the Seismic performance of reinforced concrete frames infilled with perforated clay brick masonry wall of a type commonly used in Algeria. Four one story-one bay reinforced concrete infilled frames of half scale of an existing building were tested at the National Earthquake Engineering Research Center Laboratory, CGS, Algeria. The experiments were carried out under a combined constant vertical and reversed cyclic lateral loading simulating seismic action. This experimental program was performed in order to evaluate the effect and the contribution of the infill masonry wall on the lateral stiffness, strength, ductility and failure mode of the reinforced concrete frames. Numerical models were developed and calibrated using the experimental results to match the load-drift envelope curve of the considered specimens. These models were used as a bench mark to assess the effect of normalized axial load on the seismic performance of the RC frames with and without masonry panels. The main experimental and analytical results are presented in this paper.
Key Words
    masonry infill panel; seismic performance; strength; stiffness; ductility; failure mode
Hassan Aknouche, Abdelhalim Airouche and Hakim Bechtoula: National Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, C.G.S., Rue Kaddour RAHIM, BP 252 Hussein Dey, Alger, Algeria

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