Experimental Analysis of Traditional Stone Masonry Walls Under Blast Loadings

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This paper presents results obtained in a MSc thesis (1st author) developed in NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA) (Joaquim, in Behaviour of traditional stone masonry walls subjected to blast loading. Master Thesis, Civil Engineering. FCT NOVA, Lisbon, 2021) regarding the blast behavior of traditional stone masonry walls. In order to understand this phenomenon, two types of tests were performed, using two traditional stone masonry specimens (M1 and M2) with dimensions 1.20 m × 1.20 m × 0.40 m (length × width × thickness), produced by Pinho (Ordinary masonry walls—Experimental study with unstrengthened and strengthened specimens. Ph.D Thesis, Civil Engineering. FCT NOVA, Lisbon, 17/out/07, 2007). Firstly, the specimens (walls) were subjected to unconfined explosions—without physical barriers between the explosion and the target/wall. Secondly, after the explosions, the axial compressive strengths of the two walls were evaluated. In this paper, the results and discussion of the first kind of tests are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTesting and Experimentation in Civil Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Current to Smart Technologies
EditorsCarlos Chastre, José Neves, Diogo Ribeiro, Fernando F. S. Pinho, Hugo Biscaia, Maria Graça Neves, Paulina Faria, Rui Micaelo
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-29191-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-29190-6
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameRILEM Bookseries
ISSN (Print)2211-0844
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0852


  • Axial compressive strength
  • Blast
  • Incident pressure
  • Reflected pressure
  • Traditional stone masonry walls


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