A fundamental study on applicability of discontinuous deformation analysis to masonry architecture

Takeya Yamamoto, Toshiro Maeda

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    In this paper, we study on the applicability of Discontinuous Deformation Analysis (DDA) to dry-masonry structures such as Angkor. Many parameters are needed for DDA and we used contact force as a precision index to set guidelines for some parameters, i.e. closeline setting inside of a block, penalty spring constant, and time step increment. We also measured predominant frequency of block systems composed of different number of blocks and simulated them by DDA. We found that a system of different number of blocks requires different penalty spring constant. With these fundamental studies, we are elucidating collapse mechanism of dry-masonry structures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)697-700
    Number of pages4
    JournalAIJ Journal of Technology and Design
    Issue number31
    Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct


    • Block system
    • Discontinuous deformation analysis
    • Masonry architecture

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Building and Construction
    • Architecture

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