C. SOUTHCOMBE University of Plymouth
I.M. MAY Heriot-Watt University
and V.L. CHONG China Institute of Technology and Commerce

The paper presents the results of an experimental investigation into the behaviour of laterally loaded, single leaf and cavity brickwork panels, with and without openings. Ten full-scale panels, associated wallettes and constituent materials were tested. The results were compared to yield line and a finite element analysis. The results justified predictions made using the nonlinear finite element analysis. They further indicated that for some panels yield line analysis tended to over-estimate the flexural strength of brickwork and that use of BS5628:Part If]} cannot always safely predict the collapse load.