T.C.K. MOLYNEAUX, G. BEATTIE, M. GILBERT, S. BURNETT, B. HOBBS and P. NEWTON
The University of Liverpool, The University of Sheffield, The University of Teesside
The work presented here forms part of an ongoing project that is investigating the response of reinforced and unreinforced masonry subject to vehicle impacts. This paper describes physical tests that have been conducted in support of the project and presents results. A number of standard tests have been used in conjunction with a number of specially developed quasi-static and impact tests. The tests have been used to determine the material characteristics and have considered both quasi-static and impact loads. This has allowed an assessment to be made of (i) the shear and tensile bond strengths of the brick/mortar interface, (ii) fracture energy characteristics, (iii) crack propagation characteristics and (iv) the interaction between the reinforcement and the masonry.