R. WANG, A.E. ELWI, M.A. HATZINIKOLAS AND J.WARWARUK

ABSTRACT

This paper presents a full scale test program on reinforced slender shear connected cavity walls subjected to an axial compressive eccentric loading. In total, nine walls were tested. All specimens were of partially grouted and reinforced, all were constructed with 190 mm concrete masonry blocks and 90nnn brick veneer and all had a slenderness ratio of 27.8. Except for one specimen all walls had a 75 mm cavity. The primary variable, however, was the axial force eccentricity. The eccentricity varied both in magnitude from t/2 to t/3, and in direction, either towards or away from the veneer. Some walls were tested with a single curvature. Others were tested in double curvature. The load-displacement response, failure mode and ultimate load capacities are examined and reported along with the observation and discussion.

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