This paper presents the results of an experimental research aimed at assessing the material performance of adobe bricks in compression for a wide range of induced strain rates, from statics to high velocity impact. Adobe connotes a traditional masonry whose bricks are made of sundried soil mixtures possibly reinforced with natural fibres and joined together using mud mortar. The inclusion of fibre and the presence of water in the mixture have a dominant effect on the mechanical performance of adobe bricks and masonry. Their influence on the dynamic behaviour of this material is quantified and interpreted in this study at high strain rates also with data produced through Hopkinson bar testing. Appropriate dynamic increase factors and constitutive equations for adobe materials in dynamics are also investigated. The paper presents the experimental campaign, shows the main results and offers qualitative and quantitative interpretations for the principal damage patterns observed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number117038
Number of pages18
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Adobe, Brick, Dynamic increase factor, Dynamics, Fiber, Hopkinson bar, Soil, Strain rate, Water

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