Rem: Revista Escola de Minas
Print version ISSN 0370-4467
ROSA, Luciana de Moraes Pereira; DANZIGER, Bernadete Ragoni and CARVALHO, Eliane Maria Lopes. Contribution of masonry walls in soil-structure interaction: a case history involving structural damages. Rem: Rev. Esc. Minas [online]. 2012, vol.65, n.2, pp. 181-188. ISSN 0370-4467. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0370-44672012000200006.
An analysis of soil-structure interaction of a construction with unsatisfactory foundation behavior along time is presented. Previous analyses by Rosa (2005) are briefly described considering soil x structure interaction in predicting foundation settlement. In addition, a new analysis is now presented, including the influence of the masonry in the soil-structure interaction. The predicted distortional settlements are analyzed in conformity with the observed damages documented at various moments of the construction lifetime. Kelvin's model was employed to represent the soil behavior along time. Notwithstanding the simplifications adopted and justified in the article, the results of the numerical analysis were able to reproduce the extent and spatial location of the damages. Such results show the relevance of a more realistic foundation analysis involving soil x structure interaction.
Keywords : Soil-structure interaction; structural damages; distortional settlements.