How This Book Classifies Masonry Elements

In this book, masonry elements are distinguished first by strength design versus allowable-stress design, then by whether they are designed as unreinforced or reinforced, and finally by their structural function.

Elements Designed by the Strength Approach
Structural Design of Unreinforced Masonry Elements
Nonbearing Elements
• Unreinforced panel walls
Bearing Elements
• Unreinforced bearing walls with eccentric gravity load
• Unreinforced bearing walls with eccentric gravity load plus outof- plane load

• Effect of openings on bearing walls
• Unreinforced shear walls

Structural Design of Reinforced Masonry Elements
• Reinforced beams and lintels
• Curtain walls with horizontal reinforcement only
• Reinforced bearing walls with eccentric gravity load
• Reinforced bearing walls with eccentric gravity load plus out-ofplane load
• Effect of openings on bearing walls
• Reinforced shear walls

Elements Designed by the Allowable-Stress Approach

Structural Design of Unreinforced Masonry Elements
Nonbearing Elements
• Unreinforced panel walls
Bearing Elements
• Unreinforced bearing walls with eccentric gravity load
• Unreinforced bearing walls with eccentric gravity load plus outof- plane load
• Effect of openings on bearing walls
• Unreinforced shear walls

Structural Design of Reinforced Masonry Elements
• Reinforced beams and lintels
• Curtain walls with horizontal reinforcement only
• Reinforced bearing walls with eccentric gravity load
• Reinforced bearing walls with eccentric gravity load plus out-ofplane load
• Effect of openings on bearing walls
• Reinforced shear walls
In each case, we shall use both the strength provisions and the allowable-stress provisions of the MSJC Code (2008a). We shall compare the results of those provisions.

Design of Overall Buildings by the Strength Approach

Design of individual elements is followed by strength design of overall buildings, with one example of a high-rise building and one example of a low-rise building.

Design of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Masonry
Finally, a chapter is devoted to autoclaved aerated concrete masonry, an innovative construction material.