Gomez-Dominguez J.,Monterrey TEC |
Badillo L.A.,Monterrey TEC
WIT Transactions on the Built Environment | Year: 2012
Seismicity is a great concern in Mexico and other Latin-American countries, particularly low income construction houses and small masonry buildings suffer considerable damages under earthquakes. This work describes a practical research for developing and testing at the laboratory stage an optimal high performance mortar in small masonry sections under loads. Results showed that masonry sections made with the high performance mortar were 34.65% stronger in compression than sections made with conventional mortar; on the other hand masonry sections tested under diagonal compression were 11.91% stronger. A simplified seismic analysis carried out on three story buildings located in Mexico City showed that the lower story for the conventional masonry building would not comply with its code, while the building with high performance mortar was considered satisfactory. Using high performance mortar to make masonry walls would cost 11% more than using conventional mortar. © 2012 WIT Press.