POPAL, R.; LISSEL, S. L.
University of Calgary, Department of Civil Engineering
The review and numerical analyses of mortar joint shear tests in the last 20 years indicates that theHofmann/Stöckl and triplet test are most capable of producing the most desirable results. This paper primarily presents the comparison and analysis of a proposed new test method and the two existing joint shear test methods by using Finite Element Analysis. A two-dimensional finite element model was utilised to indicate to which extent the proposed test method could be an alternative for the Hofmann/Stöckl and triplet test. Furthermore the paper describes a simple apparatus that could be used to perform the test. However the proposed method has been not tested in practice yet.
Finite Element Modelling, mortar joint test, Shear Test, bond shear strength, shear behaviour