Experimental study of dynamic material properties of clay brick and mortar at different strain rates

Hong Hao, Boris Tarasov

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    Abstract

    It is well known that most construction materials behave differently under highspeedand static loading conditions. The strain rate effect on many materials, such as metals, concreteand rock, has been intensively investigated. However, the strain rate effect on masonry materials,such as clay bricks and mortar mixed with cement, lime and sand, cannot be found in open literature.Understanding the strain rate effects on masonry materials is important for accurately modellingmasonry structure damage to high-velocity impact and blast loads. This paper reports experimentalresults of the strain rate effect on clay bricks and mortar materials. Uniaxial compression tests werecarried out on brick and mortar specimens at various strain rates ranging from quasi-static (10-6 /s)to dynamic up to a strain rate of 200 /s. The strain rate effect on the yield and ultimate strength,yield and ultimate strain, elastic modulus, and Poisson’s ratio of clay brick and mortar material aredetermined from the testing results. Empirical relations of dynamic increase factors (DIF) for thematerial properties are derived and presented. Discussions and comparisons of the DIF of brick andmortar obtained in this study are also made with other geomaterials, such as concrete and rock.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)117-131
    JournalAustralian Journal of Structural Engineering
    Volume8
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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