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International Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering
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International Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/IntJMultCompEng.2011002758
pages 543-563


Maria Laura De Bellis
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Strutturale e Geotecnica, Università di Roma "La Sapienza," Via Eudossiana, 18, 00184 Roma, Italy
Daniela Addessi
University of Rome Sapienza


This paper presents a multi-scale model for the analysis of the in-plane structural response of regular masonry. It is based on a computational periodic homogenization technique and is characterized by the adoption of the Cosserat continuum model at the macroscopic structural level, taking into account the influence of the microstructure on the global response and correctly describing the localization phenomena; at the microscopic representative volume element (RVE) level, where the nonlinear constitutive behavior, geometry, and arrangement of the masonry constituents are modeled in detail, a standard Cauchy model is employed. An isotropic nonsymmetric damage model is adopted for the bricks and mortar joints. The solution algorithm is based on a parallelization strategy and on the finite-element method. Some numerical applications on typical masonry structures are reported, showing both the global response curves and the stress and damage distributions on the RVEs.


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