Experimental and numerical study of behaviour of reinforced masonry walls with NSM CFRP strips subjected to combined loads

Houria Hernoune, Benchaa Benabed, Antonios Kanellopoulos, Alaa Hussein Al-Zuhairi, Abdelhamid Guettala

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Near surface mounted (NSM) carbon fibers reinforced polymer (CFRP) reinforcement is one of the techniques for reinforcing masonry structures and is considered to provide significant advantages. This paper is composed of two parts. The first part presents the experimental study of brick masonry walls reinforced with NSM CFRP strips under combined shear-compression loads. Masonry walls have been tested under vertical compression, with different bed joint orientations 90ffi and 45ffi relative to the loading direction. Different reinforcement orientations were used including vertical, horizontal, and a combination of both sides of the wall. The second part of this paper comprises a numerical analysis of unreinforced brick masonry (URM) walls using the detailed micro-modelling approach (DMM) by means of ABAQUS software. In this analysis, the non-linearity behavior of brick and mortar was simulated using the concrete damaged plasticity (CDP) constitutive laws. The results proved that the application of the NSM-CFRP strips on the masonry wall influences significantly strength, ductility, and post-peak behavior, as well as changing the failure modes. The adopted DMM model provides a good interface to predict the post peak behavior and failure mode of unreinforced brick masonry walls.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103
Number of pages22
Issue number6
Early online date31 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • Bed joint orientations
  • Combined loads
  • Detailed micro-modelling approach
  • NSM CFRP strips
  • Reinforced masonry
  • Reinforcement orientations


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