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LNEC tests an exposed brick wall solution linked to reinforced concrete frames and masonry infill wall LNEC tests an exposed brick wall solution linked to reinforced concrete frames and masonry infill wall
2024-05-10


A test was carried out at the Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics Unit (NESDE) of LNEC as part of a research project funded by FCT, the SeVen project - Development of Sustainable Ceramic Brick Masonry Walls for Building Enclosures (PTDC/ ECI-COM/30876/2017). The project was coordinated by the University of Minho with LNEC and the Ceramics and Glass Technological Center (CTCV) as partners.

The project aimed to evaluate the seismic behavior of exposed brick masonry walls and develop recommendations for sizing the connectors. The experimental model is composed of a typical portico of a reinforced concrete building, filled with a brick masonry wall with horizontal holes to which the exterior brick wall (visible face) is connected using metal connectors. The brick for the exterior wall was developed by CTCV, also a partner in the project. The aim was to design a brick with superior thermal behavior than the existing solutions on the market, in order to obtain more efficient thermal behavior of the construction. The configuration of the connectors were defined following the results of static cyclic tests carried out at the University of Minho on walls of the same type.
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