A Flexural Strength Model for Granite Panels

Khoo, Irene (2008). A Flexural Strength Model for Granite Panels Honours Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

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Author Khoo, Irene
Thesis Title A Flexural Strength Model for Granite Panels
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2008
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Ronald Blackwell
Total pages 75
Language eng
Subjects 0905 Civil Engineering
Formatted abstract
Traditionally natural stone granite is prominent and desirable building cladding. It has been used as massive blocks stacked within load bearing masonry walls. Even though natural stone  has an extraordinarily long history as a building material, granite has increasingly been used as  thin structural veneer cladding on high-rise building over the past few decades. These changes have  made thin slabs of stone a cost competitive building material that suits modern high rise building  construction methods.

The many examples of thin veneer stone failures to building presented around the world confirm the  deficient in the present understanding of or interest in their engineering properties and  structural behaviour. Failures of stone cladding can lead not only to expensive restoration  works but also leads to catastrophic results. However, there are still no recognized codes of  practice or design guides based on rational engineering and statistical principles for these  elements currently.

This project thesis examines the common assumption of linear behaviour to failure and compares this  model to Dr.Ron’s research thesis [54] model to build a more appropriate flexural strength model.  It also aims to improve the understanding of thin granite structural veneers in flexure. From this  examination, an experimental testing program is undertaken using a type of oversea granite. This  program examines the stress-strain non-linear relationship and to determine to ratio of non-linear  to linear model.

The intentions of the outcomes in this investigation contribute towards the improvement of safety  and reliability and the design of thin structural stone veneers as high-rise building cladding.

Keyword Granite Models
Additional Notes The thesis did not contain a title page.

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