Structural vulnerability assessment of masonry buildings in Turkey
Korkmaz, Kasım Armagan
Carhoglu, Asuman Isıl
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Turkey is located in an active seismic zone. Mid to high rise R/C building and low rise masonry buildings are very common construction type in Turkey. In recent earthquakes, lots of existing buildings got damage including masonry buildings. Masonry building history in Turkey goes long years back. For sure, it is an important structure type for Turkey. Therefore, earthquake behavior and structural vulnerability of masonry buildings are crucial issues for Turkey as a earthquake prone country. In the present study, masonry buildings in Turkey were evaluated. Representative masonry buildings were analytically investigated. For representative masonry buildings, dynamic analysis was carried out by Finite Element Methodology (FEM). The results of the study show that structural behavior of masonry building is critical in earthquake assessment point of view.