Shear test (or Shove Test) on masonry walls

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The shear test or Shove test, combined with single flat-jack test, is used to determine the shear strength of the masonry, in situ. It can be performed in a direct manner, causing the sliding of an element of the masonry by means of hydraulic piston, or with flat jacks applied vertically in the masonry. The force required to determine the sliding of the sample is directly proportional to the state of compression present on the element at the time of the test.

Together with the flat jacks test, the shear test defines the mechanical properties of masonry required by Table C8A.2.1 of Technical Standards for Construction.

Download: tabella-c8a-2-1-circolare-617-2009.pdf

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