Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Civil Engineering

Committee Chair/Advisor

M Z Naser

Committee Member

Laura Redmond

Committee Member

Brandon Ross


Masonry is one of the oldest and commonly used building materials in the construction industry. Among a variety of benefits, masonry provides low-cost construction, fire, and weather protection as well as thermal and sound insulation. In addition, masonry has superior material properties at elevated temperatures which is reflected by its slow degradation of its mechanical and thermal properties. Literature shows that we do not have a uniform material model that describes the mechanical degradation of masonry under fire conditions. As such, this limits the use of masonry in fire-based performance design of masonry structures. To bridge this knowledge gap, this thesis reviews regionally adopted fire testing methods on masonry and then presents findings from a fire experimental program aimed to explore the influence of elevated temperatures on the mechanical performance of concrete masonry units (CMUs). Our tests include heating and post heating evaluation of the compressive strength of CMUs exposed to realistic fire conditions. Then, this thesis delivers a methodology to derive generalized temperature-dependent material models for CMUs using statistical and Bayesian methods, as well as machine learning (by means of artificial neural networks). Finally, this work articulates limitations and research needs to be tackled in the near future.



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