The assessment of the seismic vulnerability of masonry buildings requires reliable and computationally efficient numerical models. Different modelling strategies can be adopted when studying the global response of these structures, such as Continuum Constitutive Laws Models (CCLM) belonging to Finite Element (FE) models, which may be very accurate but whose use in practice presents several issues (high computational burden, requirement of many input data), and Equivalent Frame (EF) Models, that, even if based on strong simplifications, are now widespread in engineering practice, thanks to their computational efficiency and the need of few mechanical parameters for the structural analysis. The paper discusses the consistent use of these modelling techniques for the seismic analysis of masonry structures. To this aim, a comparison of two approaches (CCL and EF models) is presented focusing at first the attention on the calibration of the constitutive laws through analyses on single panels and then moving to the validation of some simplified assumptions made in the EFM through the analysis of a 2D regular URM wall. For the aim of validation, the CCL model is considered as the reference solution making an accurate comparison with the EF model in terms of generalized forces, drift and damage occurred at element scale and of pushover curve at global scale.

On the use of continuum Finite Element and Equivalent Frame models for the seismic assessment of masonry walls

D'Altri A. M.;
2021

Abstract

The assessment of the seismic vulnerability of masonry buildings requires reliable and computationally efficient numerical models. Different modelling strategies can be adopted when studying the global response of these structures, such as Continuum Constitutive Laws Models (CCLM) belonging to Finite Element (FE) models, which may be very accurate but whose use in practice presents several issues (high computational burden, requirement of many input data), and Equivalent Frame (EF) Models, that, even if based on strong simplifications, are now widespread in engineering practice, thanks to their computational efficiency and the need of few mechanical parameters for the structural analysis. The paper discusses the consistent use of these modelling techniques for the seismic analysis of masonry structures. To this aim, a comparison of two approaches (CCL and EF models) is presented focusing at first the attention on the calibration of the constitutive laws through analyses on single panels and then moving to the validation of some simplified assumptions made in the EFM through the analysis of a 2D regular URM wall. For the aim of validation, the CCL model is considered as the reference solution making an accurate comparison with the EF model in terms of generalized forces, drift and damage occurred at element scale and of pushover curve at global scale.
Cattari S.; Camilletti D.; D'Altri A.M.; Lagomarsino S.
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