Masonry Structural Design


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

The first part of this book (Chaps. 1 and 2) begins, not with design
calculations, but rather with a basic discussion of how box-type buildings
behave, and how these buildings can be detailed and specified using masonry.
The reason for this is that until the reader understands how the elements of a
masonry building work together structurally, the design of those individual
elements will not have a clear purpose. Many classes of masonry buildings
require only the most rudimentary structural design, and the first part of this
book is intended to show how to specify and detail such buildings correctly.
The next part of this book (Chaps. 3 and 4) shows where our structural
design provisions for masonry come from—the relationship between the
masonry design provisions developed by the Masonry Standards Joint
Committee, loading and overall design documents such as ASCE 7, material
specifications such as those of ASTM, and model codes such as the International
Building Code. In particular, it discusses how different types and configurations
of masonry elements are addressed by that code framework. It also gives
detailed examples of the derivation of design wind and seismic loads according
to the 2009 International Building Code, and provides summaries of the steps
involved in the design of masonry elements by the strength approach and the
allowable-stress approach.

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