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Structural Behaviour of Model Masonry Shells

According to the recent teaching reform at ETH Zurich, students are strongly encouraged to participate in experimental research. Within the scope of a research project on the structural behaviour of unreinforced masonry shells a load test on a conoid-type shell made of model clay bricks and thin layer mortar was performed at ETH’s Institute of Structural Engineering.

The results of the load test were analysed and allow a number of conclusions to be drawn:


The model bricks were obtained from Ziegelei Rapperswil and the thin layer mortar was sponsored by Sika Schweiz AG. This support is gratefully acknowledged. 

For more details see the following publication:
N. Mojsilovic, R. Schneider, S. Villiger and P. Marti: "Load Test on Unreinforced Masonry Shell", Proceedings, 14th International Brick/Block Masonry Conference, Sydney, February 17-20, 2008, CD-ROM, Paper No. 24.


This project has been completed.


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