Imperial College London

DrLorenzoMacorini

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Zhang Y, Macorini L, Izzuddin BA, 2018, Numerical investigation of arches in brick-masonry bridges, STRUCTURE AND INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, Vol: 14, Pages: 14-32, ISSN: 1573-2479

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Chisari C, Macorini L, Amadio C, Izzuddin BAet al., 2017, Optimal sensor placement for structural parameter identification, STRUCTURAL AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY OPTIMIZATION, Vol: 55, Pages: 647-662, ISSN: 1615-147X

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Demirci C, Malaga Chuquitaype C, Macorini L, 2017, Seismic behaviour and design of tall cross-laminated timber buildings, 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering

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Demirci C, Málaga-Chuquitaype C, Macorini L, 2017, Seismic drift demands in multi-storey cross-laminated timber buildings, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, ISSN: 0098-8847

© 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This paper investigates the seismic response of multi-storey cross-laminated timber (CLT) buildings and its relationship with salient ground-motion and building characteristics. Attention is given to the effects of earthquake frequency content on the inelastic deformation demands of platform CLT walled structures. The response of a set of 60 CLT buildings of varying number of storeys and panel fragmentation levels representative of a wide range of structural configurations subjected to 1656 real earthquake records is examined. It is shown that, besides salient structural parameters like panel aspect ratio, design behaviour factor, and density of joints, the frequency content of the earthquake action as characterized by its mean period has a paramount importance on the level of nonlinear deformations attained by CLT structures. Moreover, the evolution of drifts as a function of building to ground-motion periods ratio is different for low- and high-rise buildings. Accordingly, nonlinear regression models are developed for estimating the global and interstorey drifts demands on multi-storey CLT buildings. Finally, the significance of the results is highlighted with reference to European seismic design procedures and recent assessment proposals.

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Gardner L, Yun X, Macorini L, Kucukler Met al., 2017, Hot-Rolled Steel and Steel-Concrete Composite Design Incorporating Strain Hardening, STRUCTURES, Vol: 9, Pages: 21-28, ISSN: 2352-0124

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Lima C, Martinelli E, Macorini L, Izzuddin BAet al., 2017, Modelling beam-to-column joints in seismic analysis of RC frames, EARTHQUAKES AND STRUCTURES, Vol: 12, Pages: 119-133, ISSN: 2092-7614

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Minga E, Macorini L, Izzuddin B, 2017, Enhanced Mesoscale Partitioned Modelling of Heterogeneous Masonry Structures, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, ISSN: 0029-5981

This paper presents an accurate and efficient computational strategy for the 3D simulation of heterogeneous structures with unreinforced masonry (URM) components. A mesoscale modelling approach is employed for the URM parts, while other material components are modelled independently with continuous meshes. The generally non-matching meshes of the distinct domains are coupled with the use of a mesh tying method. The physical interaction between the components is captured with the use of zero-thickness cohesive interface elements. This strategy enables the optimisation of the individual meshes leading to increased computational efficiency. Furthermore, the elimination of the mesh compatibility requirement allows the 3D modelling of complex heterogeneous structures, ensuring the accurate representation of each component's nonlinear behaviour and their interaction. Numerical examples, including a comparative analysis on the elastic and nonlinear response of a masonry bridge considering arch-backfill interaction and the nonlinear simulation of a multi-leaf wall, are presented to show the unique features of the proposed strategy as well as its predictive power in comparison with experimental and numerical results found in the literature.

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Minga E, Macorini L, Izzuddin BA, 2017, A 3D mesoscale damage-plasticity approach for masonry structures under cyclic loading, Meccanica, Pages: 1-21, ISSN: 0025-6455

© 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature This paper deals with the accurate modelling of unreinforced masonry (URM) behaviour using a 3D mesoscale description consisting of quadratic solid elements for masonry units combined with zero-thickness interface elements, the latter representing in a unified way the mortar and brick–mortar interfaces. A new constitutive model for the unified joint interfaces under cyclic loading is proposed. The model is based upon the combination of plasticity and damage. A multi-surface yield criterion in the stress domain governs the development of permanent plastic strains. Both strength and stiffness degradation are captured through the evolution of an anisotropic damage tensor, which is coupled to the plastic work produced. The restitution of normal stiffness in compression is taken into account by employing two separate damage variables for tension and compression in the normal direction. A simplified plastic yield surface is considered and the coupling of plasticity and damage is implemented in an efficient step by step approach for increased robustness. The computational cost of simulations performed using the mesoscale masonry description is reduced by employing a partitioning framework for parallel computation, which enables the application of the model at structural scale. Numerical results are compared against experimental data on realistic masonry components and structures subjected to monotonic and cyclic loading to show the ability of the proposed strategy to accurately capture the behaviour of URM under different types of loading.

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Setiawan A, Vollum R, Macorini L, 2017, Nonlinear finite element analysis of reinforced concrete flat slabs subjected to reversed-cyclic loading, Pages: 814-822

© Springer International Publishing AG 2018. Flat slabs are only permitted to be used as gravity-load carrying systems in regions of high seismicity because of poor resistance to lateral deformation and punching shear under reversed cyclic loading. This paper considers the influence of reverse cyclic loading on the punching resistance of internal slab column connections without shear reinforcement. Currently, ACI 318-14 determines the deformation capacity of slab-column connections using a best-fit line based on test data from relatively thin slabs, with average thickness of 110 mm, and flexural reinforcement ratios of around 1%. Consequently, the ACI 318-14 (2014) design recommendations require further validation for slab thicknesses and reinforcement ratios outside this range. A possible tool for doing this is the mechanically-based critical shear crack theory (CSCT) of Muttoni (2008). The model is based on considerations of equilibrium and kinematics for an isolated axis-symmetrical slab. The model gives good predictions of punching resistance under concentric loading but its applicability to the design of flat slabs subject to reversed-cyclic loading requires further consideration. The paper presents the results of a parametric study which was carried out with the finite element program ATENA (Cervenka et al. 2007) in order to obtain an improved understanding of the influence of cyclic degradation on punching resistance. Maximum slab rotations are shown to increase under cyclic loading with a consequent degradation in unbalanced moment resistance and ultimate slab rotation. This finding is consistent with the predictions of the CSCT.

CONFERENCE PAPER

Tubaldi E, Macorini L, Izzuddin BA, Manes C, Laio Fet al., 2017, A framework for probabilistic assessment of clear-water scour around bridge piers, STRUCTURAL SAFETY, Vol: 69, Pages: 11-22, ISSN: 0167-4730

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Xavier FB, Macorini L, Izzuddin BA, Chisari C, Gattesco N, Noe S, Amadio Cet al., 2017, Pushdown Tests on Masonry Infilled Frames for Assessment of Building Robustness, JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING, Vol: 143, ISSN: 0733-9445

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Gardner L, Kucukler M, Macorini L, 2016, Deformation-Based Design of Composite Beams, 7th International Conference on Composite Construction in Steel and Concrete, Publisher: AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS, Pages: 131-145

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Gattesco N, Macorini L, Dudine A, 2016, Experimental Response of Brick-Masonry Spandrels under In-Plane Cyclic Loading, JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING, Vol: 142, ISSN: 0733-9445

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Kucukler M, Gardner L, MacOrini L, 2016, Stiffness reduction method for the in-plane design of steel frames, Pages: 99-106

Copyright ©: SDSS'2016. A stiffness reduction method for the in-plane design of steel frames is proposed in this paper. The proposed method is performed by (i) reducing the flexural stiffnesses of the members of a frame on the basis of the first-order forces they withstand and (ii) carrying out Geometrically Nonlinear Analysis. The ultimate capacity of the structure is defined as the point at which the ultimate strength of the most heavily loaded cross-section is reached. Ow-ing to the full consideration of the deleterious influence of the spread of plasticity and imper-fections through stiffness reduction, the proposed approach eliminates the need of using member design equations or modelling member out-of-straightnesses; only cross-section strength checks are required. The verification of the proposed approach against results from the nonlinear finite element modelling of a series of benchmark frames is presented.

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Kucukler M, Gardner L, Macorini L, 2016, Development and assessment of a practical stiffness reduction method for the in-plane design of steel frames, JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTIONAL STEEL RESEARCH, Vol: 126, Pages: 187-200, ISSN: 0143-974X

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Rinaldin G, Amadio C, Macorini L, 2016, A macro-model with nonlinear springs for seismic analysis of URM buildings, EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING & STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS, Vol: 45, Pages: 2261-2281, ISSN: 0098-8847

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Xavier FB, Macorini L, Izzuddin BA, 2016, Contribution of masonry cladding for robustness enhancement of multi-storey buildings under sudden column loss, Pages: 1383-1391

© 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, London. This work addresses the influence of non-structural masonry infill on the resistance of multi-storey buildings to progressive collapse under sudden column loss scenarios. The realistic contribution of masonry panels towards collapse arrest is examined considering the results from full-scale laboratory tests and accurate numerical simulations. Novel real-scale tests are performed on different two-bay frames with brick-masonry infill subjected to incremental pushdown deformation, capturing the dominant deformation mode actually found following removal of an edge column. Different infill configurations are tested, including central openings and initial gaps between masonry and frame elements. Overall, a global stable response is found leading to monotonic energy absorption with increasing vertical deflections. This translates into considerable robustness reserve associated with the confined infill walls. Subsequently, advanced mesoscale finite element simulations are employed to capture the complex frameinfill interaction in the early stages of pushdown response. This modelling strategy is then used on a case study considering a realistic multi-storey frame building with masonry infill. The energy-based robustness assessment framework previously developed at Imperial College London is applied enabling a critical comparison between the collapse resistance arising from different mechanisms typically considered in this context (such as floor membrane and beam catenary effects) and that related to the presence of masonry infill. While the former mechanisms are quite effective at relatively large deformations, the latter is shown to add substantial contribution at small displacements. Given the widespread application of masonry infill, the conclusions in this work are particularly relevant within the context of retrofitting operations for robustness enhancement of existing structures, in view of the growing demand for upgrad

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Zhang Y, Macorini L, Izzuddin BA, 2016, Mesoscale partitioned analysis of brick-masonry arches, ENGINEERING STRUCTURES, Vol: 124, Pages: 142-166, ISSN: 0141-0296

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Chisari C, Macorini L, Amadio C, Izzuddin BAet al., 2015, An inverse analysis procedure for material parameter identification of mortar joints in unreinforced masonry, COMPUTERS & STRUCTURES, Vol: 155, Pages: 97-105, ISSN: 0045-7949

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Chisari C, Macorini L, Amadio C, Izzuddin BAet al., 2015, An experimental-numerical procedure for the identification of mesoscale material properties for brick-masonry, ISSN: 1759-3433

© Civil-Comp Press, 2015. The response of unreinforced masonry is very complex because of its inherent heterogeneity and nonlinear behaviour, which is governed by the interaction between masonry units and mortar joints. Mesoscale modelling can provide a very good representation of the actual response of masonry structures when using adequate material parameters for the individual components. An attractive strategy has been recently developed by the authors for the calibration of the mesoscale material properties. This is based upon the inverse analysis of the macroscale behaviour of a part of the structure subjected to the pressures exerted by two flatjacks arranged along the mortar bed joints and the perpendicular direction. Thus far this strategy has been applied only to pseudo-experimental data, whereas in this paper it is enhanced considering the experimental results obtained in physical laboratory tests on running bond masonry walls. It is demonstrated that inverse analysis of the measured experimental displacement field allows the estimation of the elastic properties, the cohesion and the friction angle for the interface elements used in the mesoscale description to represent mortar joints.

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Chisari C, Macorini L, Amadio C, Izzuddin BAet al., 2015, An experimental-numerical procedure for the identification of mesoscale material properties for brick-masonry, ISSN: 1759-3433

©Civil-Comp Press, 2015.The response of unreinforced masonry is very complex because of its inherent heterogeneity and nonlinear behaviour, which is governed by the interaction between masonry units and mortar joints. Mesoscale modelling can provide a very good representation of the actual response of masonry structures when using adequate material parameters for the individual components. An attractive strategy has been recently developed by the authors for the calibration of the mesoscale material properties. This is based upon the inverse analysis of the macroscale behaviour of a part of the structure subjected to the pressures exerted by two flatjacks arranged along the mortar bed joints and the perpendicular direction. Thus far this strategy has been applied only to pseudo-experimental data, whereas in this paper it is enhanced considering the experimental results obtained in physical laboratory tests on running bond masonry walls. It is demonstrated that inverse analysis of the measured experimental displacement field allows the estimation of the elastic properties, the cohesion and the friction angle for the interface elements used in the mesoscale description to represent mortar joints.

CONFERENCE PAPER

Chisari C, Macorini L, Amadio C, Izzuddin BAet al., 2015, An experimental-numerical procedure for the identification of mesoscale material properties for brick-masonry, ISSN: 1759-3433

©Civil-Comp Press, 2015. The response of unreinforced masonry is very complex because of its inherent heterogeneity and nonlinear behaviour, which is governed by the interaction between masonry units and mortar joints. Mesoscale modelling can provide a very good representation of the actual response of masonry structures when using adequate material parameters for the individual components. An attractive strategy has been recently developed by the authors for the calibration of the mesoscale material properties. This is based upon the inverse analysis of the macroscale behaviour of a part of the structure subjected to the pressures exerted by two flatjacks arranged along the mortar bed joints and the perpendicular direction. Thus far this strategy has been applied only to pseudo-experimental data, whereas in this paper it is enhanced considering the experimental results obtained in physical laboratory tests on running bond masonry walls. It is demonstrated that inverse analysis of the measured experimental displacement field allows the estimation of the elastic properties, the cohesion and the friction angle for the interface elements used in the mesoscale description to represent mortar joints.

CONFERENCE PAPER

Gardner L, Yun X, Macorini L, Kucukler Met al., 2015, The continuous strength method for hot-rolled steel and steel-concrete composite design, Eleventh International Conference on Steel Concrete and Hybrid Structures – ASCCS. 3rd-5th December 2015, 8-15. (Keynote)

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Gu J, Macorini L, Izzuddin BA, 2015, Response of masonry cavity cladding subject to blast loading, ISSN: 1759-3433

© Civil-Comp Press, 2015. This paper investigates the response of a typical cladding system with masonry cavity walls subject to blast loading and the transfer of the blast loads to the surrounding frame. A recently developed mesoscale mixed-dimensional partitioned modelling framework is adopted, where a detailed mesoscale description for the masonry panels is utilised to achieve the desired accuracy, and a domain-partitioning scheme is adopted to enhance computational efficiency. Two different simplified idealisations representing the parts of the masonry cavity cladding at mid-span and near-column locations are considered to investigate the specific responses of the different parts of the cladding. As the cladding panels show brittle failure modes at the mid-span locations, the restraints provided by the edge columns allow a more ductile failure mode. These different failure characteristics are verified considering the results of a larger model representing the portion of a masonry cavity wall between two adjacent columns in a realistic framed building.

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Gu J, Macorini L, Izzuddin BA, 2015, Response of masonry cavity cladding subject to blast loading, ISSN: 1759-3433

©Civil-Comp Press, 2015. This paper investigates the response of a typical cladding system with masonry cavity walls subject to blast loading and the transfer of the blast loads to the surrounding frame. A recently developed mesoscale mixed-dimensional partitioned modelling framework is adopted, where a detailed mesoscale description for the masonry panels is utilised to achieve the desired accuracy, and a domain-partitioning scheme is adopted to enhance computational efficiency. Two different simplified idealisations representing the parts of the masonry cavity cladding at mid-span and near-column locations are considered to investigate the specific responses of the different parts of the cladding. As the cladding panels show brittle failure modes at the mid-span locations, the restraints provided by the edge columns allow a more ductile failure mode. These different failure characteristics are verified considering the results of a larger model representing the portion of a masonry cavity wall between two adjacent columns in a realistic framed building.

CONFERENCE PAPER

Kucukler M, Gardner L, Macorini L, 2015, Lateral-torsional buckling assessment of steel beams through a stiffness reduction method, JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTIONAL STEEL RESEARCH, Vol: 109, Pages: 87-100, ISSN: 0143-974X

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Kucukler M, Gardner L, Macorini L, 2015, Flexural-torsional buckling assessment of steel beam-columns through a stiffness reduction method, ENGINEERING STRUCTURES, Vol: 101, Pages: 662-676, ISSN: 0141-0296

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Minga E, Macorini L, Izzuddin BA, 2015, Mesoscale modelling of masonry structures using mesh tying, ISSN: 1759-3433

© Civil-Comp Press, 2015. This paper presents an accurate and efficient computational strategy for the simulation of coupled masonry structures which combines a partitioned mesoscale modelling approach for brick-masonry components with a mortar mesh tying method for non-conforming interfaces. This allows the independent modelling of the individual structural components and the efficient tying of the subdomains with accurate transmission of the displacement and stress fields. This strategy enables the optimisation of the individual meshes leading to an increased computational efficiency. Furthermore, the elimination of the mesh compatibility requirement allows the modelling of complex heterogeneous structures. Some numerical examples, including a comparative analysis on the elastic and non-linear response of an infill masonry bridge and the nonlinear simulation of a multi-leaf wall under in plane and out-of-plane loading, are presented to show the effectiveness of the proposed modelling strategy.

CONFERENCE PAPER

Minga E, Macorini L, Izzuddin BA, 2015, Mesoscale modelling of masonry structures using mesh tying, ISSN: 1759-3433

©Civil-Comp Press, 2015. This paper presents an accurate and efficient computational strategy for the simulation of coupled masonry structures which combines a partitioned mesoscale modelling approach for brick-masonry components with a mortar mesh tying method for non-conforming interfaces. This allows the independent modelling of the individual structural components and the efficient tying of the subdomains with accurate transmission of the displacement and stress fields. This strategy enables the optimisation of the individual meshes leading to an increased computational efficiency. Furthermore, the elimination of the mesh compatibility requirement allows the modelling of complex heterogeneous structures. Some numerical examples, including a comparative analysis on the elastic and non-linear response of an infill masonry bridge and the nonlinear simulation of a multi-leaf wall under in plane and out-of-plane loading, are presented to show the effectiveness of the proposed modelling strategy.

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Rodriguez-Villares A, Minga E, Macorini L, Izzuddin BAet al., 2015, An automation strategy for mesoscale partitioned analysis of complex masonry structures, ISSN: 1759-3433

© Civil-Comp Press, 2015. Previous research has shown that detailed mesoscale models with nonlinear interfaces can accurately represent the behaviour of unreinforced masonry structures. Nevertheless, this modelling approach is potentially associated with prohibitive computational demands, and consequently an emphasis has been placed almost exclusively on small scale structures. In light of recent developments of effective strategies which reduce the computational cost, this paper presents an automation approach designed to explore the full capacity of such enhancements. A procedure has been developed to perform the automated assembly of generic mesoscale masonry descriptions embedded with advanced domain partitioning features. From a high level of abstraction, this procedure allows the user to define the geometry of an arbitrary masonry structure such as masonry arches, bridges and facades, and to partition the domain by exploiting factorisation conditions. The use of the proposed procedure allows for the practical investigation of complex masonry structures and the comparative study of various partitioning configurations. Examples are presented to demonstrate the potential of the tool, particularly in the investigation of master-slave coupling and hierarchic features.

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