Masonry Confinement Using Steel Strips

M. Ilyas, S. H. Farooq, A. U. Qazi, R. Umair


This paper presents the behavior of masonry columns confined with steel strips for increasing the axial capacity and stress-strain relationship. The test specimens are divided into three groups; each consists of three specimens with the variables: amount of reinforcement and cross-section aspect ratio. The cross-sectional aspect ratio of the three groups were 1, 2, 3 respectively. The experimental data and highlights different aspects of confinement. The steel strips enhance the ultimate stress and strain but this increase in strength is dependant on the cross-sectional aspect ratio. It is also concluded that the increase in load-carrying capacity and the deformability of masonry is significantly enhanced due to confinement using steel strips and the increase is linear to the average confining stress. The confinement of masonry with steel strips is quite viable and cheap option for strengthening

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