Masonry as a structural material

Daniel P. Abrams

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Four case studies are presented which illustrate the use of masonry as a structural material. Results of laboratory studies for unreinforced piers subjected to in-plane lateral forces, and infill panels subjected to out-of-plane pressures, are discussed. Measured dynamic response of a two-story, unreinforced masonry building subjected to the Loma Prieta Earthquake and parallel analytical studies are presented. Design of a post-tensioned concrete masonry reaction wall structure is discussed in terms of its measured behavior under lateral loads. Performance of these structural elements and systems is used to document that masonry can indeed be considered as a structural material.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials
Subtitle of host publicationPerformance and Prevention of Deficiencies and Failures
PublisherPubl by ASCE
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)0872628809
StatePublished - 1992
Event1992 Materials Engineering Congress - Atlanta, GA, USA
Duration: Aug 10 1992Aug 12 1992

Publication series

NameMaterials: Performance and Prevention of Deficiencies and Failures


Other1992 Materials Engineering Congress
CityAtlanta, GA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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