Reinforcing URM Walls with Fabric

Alan S. Hoback, Nicholas M. Van Heck

University of Detroit Mercy Report, Dept. of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engr., vol. 2020(12), 2020/12/30, pp. 1-4.


A preliminary investigation of the use of fabric to reinforce unreinforced masonry (URM) walls in third world countries. Eight common used cloths’ rupture strength and Young’s Modulus were determined. From those results, they were applied to a hypothetical example to see what amount of area and thickness of a fabric was required to prevent a URM wall from falling down. However, this paper is just the beginning of the concept of reinforcing URM walls in third world countries with fabrics. Therefore, further research is needed to support this concept and have this concept used in real life applications.

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