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Structural Monitoring and Maintenance
  Volume 10, Number 2, June 2023 , pages 117-132

Effectiveness of steel wire mesh as a strengthening material for masonry walls: A review
Richard Badonbok Lyngkhoi, Teiborlang Warjri, Wanraplang Warlarpih and Comingstarful Marthong

    The most prevalent and oldest type of structure is unreinforced masonry (URM) structures; URM walls are still a widely used construction material in India and many other developing countries due to their simplicity, ease of construction, economic sustainability, and ability to be built with locally available materials. URM walls are significantly weak while carrying lateral loads. The poor performance of URM walls during earthquakes has necessitated investigating an effective method for strengthening a newly built masonry building or retrofitting an old structure. Wire mesh, being cost-effective and easily available, satisfies the requirements to strengthen new and old URM buildings. The use of wire mesh to strengthen and retrofit the URM structure is simple to use, quick to construct, and inexpensive, especially in developing nations where heavy machinery and highly qualified labour are lacking. The current paper reviews the effectiveness of steel wire mesh as a reinforcing material for enhancing masonry strength. The finding gave encouraging results for the field application of wire mesh.
Key Words
    compression test; in-plane loading; masonry; out of plane loading; steel wire mesh; strengthening;
Richard Badonbok Lyngkhoi, Teiborlang Warjri,
Wanraplang Warlarpih and Comingstarful Marthong: Department of Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Meghalaya, Shillong 793003, India

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