Assessment of mortar and brick strength in earthquake-affected structures in Peru using a Schmidt hammer

Yuri Gorokhovich, Shannon Doocy, Andrei Voustianiouk, Christopher Small

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Abstract

This study describes results of surveys with Schmidt hammer conducted after the earthquake of August 15, 2007 in coastal cities of Ica, Pisco, and Chincha, Peru. Statistical analysis included comparison of data on compressive strength collected from various types of buildings in damaged and intact walls and bricks. Results of statistical analysis suggest that architecture and nonstructural building design considerations in masonry structures may be more important determinants of seismic resistance than construction material strength. Comparison of mortar samples with respect to structure ownership revealed that strength of mortar at test locations in privately owned buildings was significantly greater than in public buildings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)634-640
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Performance of Constructed Facilities
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010

Keywords

  • Bricks
  • Earthquake
  • Mortar
  • Schmidt hammer
  • Strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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