RONALDO BASTOS DUARTE Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul/Brazil

An investigation into the design of laterally loaded unreinforced brickwork panels with window openings is presented. Predicted pressures by the yield line, fracture line and strip methods are compared with the experimental failure pressures of 16 half scale test walls. The variables used were: aspect ratio, boundary conditions and disposition of the window openings. For the panel conditions considered the use of the yield line method is supported by the experimental results.