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The Dynamic Performance of Adobe masonry components

Adobe is a traditional form of masonry whose bricks are made of unburnt clay arranged together using mud mortar. Unfortunately Adobe buildings, spread in areas prone to earthquakes or involved into military operations, often suffer from dramatic failure, with the result of losses of human lives and cultural heritage. To increase safety and protection, understanding the static and dynamic mechanical performance of Adobe through the acquisition of reliable data is very important. The goal of D.I.F. Adobe project is to test the ability of Adobe bricks to withstand shocks similar to earthquakes or explosions.

Hopkinson Bar facility, European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA)

Lead institution

Delft University of Technology


  • TNO Defence Safety and Security (NL)
  • Faculty of Military Sciences, Netherlands Defence Academy (NL)
  • Ministry of Defence / DMO / KC Weapons & Munitions (NL)