Silesian University of Technology

The results of investigations of compressed reinforced masonry wallettes subjected to axial compression are presented. Tests were carried out using specimens made of clay bricks and cement-lime mortar. As reinforcement, smooth and spiral twisted longitudinal rods and two types of structural wire mesh were used. Two percentages of bed joint reinforcement, about 0.1% and 0.05% were applied. For each type of reinforcement, 3 masonry wallettes were tested. Additionally, 9 unreinforced models were also tested. The main aim of the investigations presented is to determine the effect of different types of reinforcement on the load capacity and failure. Measurement of the strains of reinforcing bars permitted the recording of the strain level at the moment of crack appearance and also at the moment of failure.