Sustainable Strengthening Techniques for Masonry Structures

Luca Righetti, Antonio Borri, Marco Corradi

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Reducing the energy consumption is an important objective of the construction industry and this also applies for renovation, retrofit and refurbishment of existing buildings. Masonry buildings often need to be retrofitted and the use of Fibre Reinforced Polymeric (FRP) materials has proven to be a viable solution. With the inevitable declining of fossil fuels, carbon fibres and epoxy resins must be substituted with greener materials. This paper reports the results of several experimental investigations recently conducted by the authors using glass fibre meshes embedded into an inorganic matrix (known as FRCM: Fibre Reinforced Cementitious Matrix) to reinforce historic masonry constructions. This strengthening technique has been applied in laboratory to reinforce masonry wall panels, tile brickwork vaults and to construct masonry ring-beams at eaves level of existing buildings. The mechanical behaviour of the reinforced masonry elements have been significantly enhanced and test results demonstrate that is possible to avoid the use of more traditional composite reinforcements like high-strength carbon fibres and epoxy resins to bond the reinforcing materials to the masonry substrate.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2016
EventCinpar 2016 - XII International Conference on Structural Repair and Rehabilitation - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 26 Oct 2016 → …


ConferenceCinpar 2016 - XII International Conference on Structural Repair and Rehabilitation
Period26/10/16 → …


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