Bearing walls that resist out-of-plane lateral loads, and shear walls, must be designed to transfer lateral loads to the floors above and below. Examples of…

# Posts published in “Masonry Structural design”

This book was developed from a set of masonry course notes used for many years in a semester-long, undergraduate and graduate course in masonry engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. It covers the design of masonry structures using the 2009 International Building Code, the 2008 Masonry Standards Joint Committee Code and Specification, and other documents referenced by those standards. The book is intended for an undergraduate or a graduate course in masonry as part of a civil engineering or architectural engineering curriculum. It can also be used for self-study and continuing education by practicing engineers. It emphasizes the strength design of masonry, and also includes allowable-stress design.

Reinforced masonry shear walls, like unreinforced ones, are relatively easy to design by either strength or allowable-stress approaches. Although shear capacities per unit area is…

Minimum Flexural Reinforcement by 2008 MSJC Code The 2008 MSJC Code has no global requirements for minimum flexural reinforcement for shear walls. Maximum Flexural Reinforcement…

Consider the masonry shear wall shown in Fig. 6.26. Design the wall. Unfactored in-plane lateral loads at each floor level are due to earthquake, and…

Introduction to Strength Design of Reinforced Shear Walls In this section, we shall study the behavior and design of reinforced masonry shear walls. The discussion…

The strength design provisions of the 2008 MSJC Code include requirements for minimum and maximum flexural reinforcement. In this section, the implications of those requirements…

Once we have developed the moment-axial force interaction diagram by the strength approach, the actual design simply consists of verifying that the combination of factored…

Construct the moment-axial force interaction diagram by the strength approach for a nominal 8-in. CMU wall, fully grouted, with fm′ = 1500 lb/in.2 and reinforcement…

To calculate strength interaction diagrams using a spreadsheet, we first calculate the position of the neutral axis corresponding to the balance point (Fig. 6.15). For…

Construct the moment-axial force interaction diagram by the strength approach for a nominal 8-in. CMU wall, fully grouted, with fm′ = 1500 lb/in.2 and reinforcement…