C. SOUTHCOMBE, G.D. REGAN and C.R. BRADLEY University of Plymouth
The aim was to improve understanding of the performance of reinforced brickwork (RB) structures. A squash court building was the test bed for an H-shaped RB portal frame which was strain gauged at construction and test loaded to its design serviceability state. A full scale replica of the portal was built in the laboratory and test loaded close to its ultimate state. Reinforced brickwork Quetta bonded beams were also tested and found comparable to similar reinforced concrete sections; shear is a primary criterion. The results indicated the design procedure is conservative. The lateral support provided by floor and walls to a frame within a building enhances its resistance.