Innovative strengthening systems made of composites with mortar-based matrix are currently applied as external bonded reinforcement for the rehabilitation of masonry structures. The present note will provide an overall view on the use of these systems, which are the object of the ongoing research carried out within the RILEM TC 250 - Composites for Sustainable strengthening of Masonry. Referring to on field application and recalling recent experimental outcomes, pros and cons on the use of mortar based composites for strengthening historic masonry structures under both design loads and seismic action will be critically discussed.
de Felice, G. (2016). Pros and cons of mortar-based composites for strengthening historic structures. In Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions: Anamnesis, diagnosis, therapy, controls - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions, SAHC 2016 (pp.309-314). CRC Press/Balkema.