Experimental study of the Integral Masonry System in the construction of earthquake resistant houses


  • B. Orta Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • R. Bustamante Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • J. M. Adell Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)




adobe, brick, integral masonry system, structures design, seismic analysis


This paper presents the application of the Integral Masonry System (IMS) to the construction of earthquake resistant houses and its experimental study. To verify the security of this new type of building in seismic areas of the third world two prototypes have been tested, one with adobe and the other with hollow brick. In both cases it’s a two-story 6x6x6 m3 house built to scale 1/2. The tests are carried out at the Laboratory of Antiseismic Structures of the Department of Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima, in collaboration with the UPM (Technical University of Madrid). This article shows the design process of the prototypes to test, including the sizing of the reinforcements, the characteristics of the tests and the results obtained. These results show that the IMS with adobe or brick remains stable with no significant cracks faced with a severe earthquake, with an estimated acceleration of 1.8 g.


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How to Cite

Orta, B., Bustamante, R., & Adell, J. M. (2012). Experimental study of the Integral Masonry System in the construction of earthquake resistant houses. Materiales De Construcción, 62(305), 67–77. https://doi.org/10.3989/mc.2012.63810



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