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Strength properties of masonry materials commonly used for housing construction in formal and informal settlements in Malawi are investigated by means of laboratory testing, conducted on masonry prisms and panels. The tests are aimed at simulating actual field conditions and construction practices in the country. Based on observations from previous field surveys, specimens were prepared by local artisans using local commercially-produced bricks and various mortar types which were cured in uncontrolled conditions. The results reveal that the behaviour of the masonry in compression is governed by the low compressive strength of the bricks. It was also found that it is the quality of the brick-mortar bonding that governs the in-plane shear and out-ofplane flexural behaviour, which are critical for the resistance to horizontal loading, such as the earthquake action.
|Title of host publication||Advances in Engineering Materials, Structures and Systems: Innovations, Mechanics and Applications|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC 2019), September 2-4, 2019, Cape Town, South Africa|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis Group|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Aug 2019|
|Event||7th international Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation - Cape Town, South Africa|
Duration: 2 Sep 2019 → 4 Sep 2019
|Conference||7th international Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation|
|Abbreviated title||SEMC 2019|
|Period||2/09/19 → 4/09/19|
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PREPARE: Enhancing PREParedness for East African Countries through Seismic Resilience Engineering
Biggs, J. J. & Macdonald, J. H. G.
1/05/17 → 31/03/22
Project: Research, Parent
Supporting data for 'Strength of Materials and Masonry Structures in Malawi'
Kafodya, I. (Creator), Ngoma, I. (Creator), Novelli, V. (Creator) & Macdonald, J. H. G. (Creator), University of Bristol, 18 Apr 2019
DOI: 10.5523/bris.v9q63deiohr02lb722j398es4, http://data.bris.ac.uk/data/dataset/v9q63deiohr02lb722j398es4