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The procedure and findings of an experimental campaign for the mechanical characterization of brick masonry with lime mortar joints are presented. The campaign includes the determination of the properties of the constituent materials and of the resulting masonry composite. The masonry consisted of masonry stack bond prisms made of solid clay bricks and two types of pure lime/sand mortars, material combinations which correspond to the vast majority of historical and existing masonry structures. The paper includes a discussion on the ratio between the elastic modulus and the compressive strength of the masonry constituents and the comparison of these ratios with the ones suggested in design codes. The implications of this comparison are discussed in the context of interventions on historical masonry structures using modern and traditional materials.
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1617/s11527-015-0553-2
CitationDrougkas, A., Roca, P., Molins, C. Compressive strength and elasticity of pure lime mortar masonry. "Materials and structures", Març 2016, vol. 49, núm. 3, p. 983-999.
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