Open data on experimental tests of structural components

Experimental tests on large-scale rubble stone masonry walls

Amir Rezaie

Many structural design and assessment guidelines are based on experimental data. However, in the structural engineering community, there is still a lack of data-sharing culture. At EESD, we are attempting to change this culture by developing an open data approach and publicly sharing experimental data.

Amir Rezaie, EESD


Rubble stone masonry buildings are among the most vulnerable structures to earthquakes. Experimental tests were conducted on large-scale rubble stone masonry walls at EESD to characterize their cyclic behavior, which can be used in seismic assessment methods. The data gathered from these tests is made public under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.


Why Open?

The shared data significantly contribute to the existing database of tests on stone masonry walls, as the number of tested rubble stone specimens in the database was quite limited prior to this campaign.


Who benefits?

The data can be used in practice to assess the seismic behavior of existing rubble stone masonry buildings as well as in research to develop mechanical and empirical models.



The EESD’s head and researchers will update this dataset to include derived research works such as the development of local and global criteria describing different limit states and automated computation of crack kinematics from the digital image correlation measurements.