Structural Masonry Designers' Manual

Structural Masonry Designers' Manual 

W. G. Curtin

Preference :

The use of masonry as the major structural material in house-building has maintained its market share but the use in multi-storey structures has been eclipsed by the greater use of steel and concrete frames often clad in materials other than masonry. This is a pity but has been brought about primarily by changes in health and safety regulations relating to working practices and the shortage of skilled bricklayers. It is well known that brickwork forms an attractive cladding and that both brickwork and blockwork are durable sustainable materials with good base thermal and acoustic insulation and excellent fire resistance. Both can be more economical and faster to build if designed and detailed by a knowledgeable structural engineer. In their highly stressed,

Content :
  • Introduction
  • Advantages & disadvantages of structural masonry
  • Design philosophy
  • Limit state design
  • Basis of design 
  • Basis of design (2): lateral loading
  • Strapping, propping, and tying of loadbearing masonry
  • Structural elements and forms
  • Design of masonry elements
  • Combined bending and axial loading
  • Design of single-story buildings
  • Fin and diaphragm walls in tall single-story buildings
  • Design of multi-story structures
  • Reinforced and post-tensioned masonry
  • Arches

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