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4) can be used to assess the characteristic compressive strength fk and shear strength of the masonry /vk- Except in zones of low seismicity, all perpend joints should be fully filled with mortar! 3 Concrete infill A concrete mix of suitable consistency and aggregate size, which is used to fill the holes where reinforcing steel bars are placed in the case of reinforced masonry, is called concrete infill or grout. According to specifications given in EC 6, the maximum aggregate size should not exceed 10 mm where the least dimension of the void is 50 mm and the cover to reinforcement is between 15 mm and 25 mm, and should not exceed 20 mm where the dimensions are not less than 100 mm or 25 mm, respectively.

K. R. Murty and N. Chandak. 4, September 29, 1993 Killari (Latur) earthquake in central India. NCEER Bulletin, 7 (4) (National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, Buffalo, 1993), p. 12. W. C. Jennings. Earthquake Design Criteria (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Berkeley, 1982). B. F. Richter. Seismicity of the Earth and Associated Phenomena (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1954). G. Griinthal, Ed. New European Macroseismic Scale 1992, (European Seismological Commission, Luxembourg, 1993).

065 fa (which is not less than/ v ic 0 ), or less than a limiting value specified in EC 6 and depending on masonry unit's group and mortar quality. 7, typical values for masonry, constructed with units and mortar quality recommended for the construction in seismic zones, are indicated. 49 Masonry Materials and Construction Systems A different approach is also used, which defines the shear strength of unreinforced masonry as the maximum value of principal tensile stress, developed in a masonry wall of a specified geometry, idealised as an elastic, homogeneous and isotropic panel at the attained shear resistance of the wall [6].

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