Masonry carries the load

Daniel P. Abrams

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Masonry is commonly selected by architects for its color and texture, rather than by engineers for its stiffness or strength. But the following case histories show that masonry has structural, load-bearing capability, and indicate that there may be life after cracking for unreinforced masonry structural elements. The four case studies include three experimental projects in teh lab and one structure in the field. The common thread among them is that the masonry can be analyzed, evaluated and designed to work as a structural medium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationCivil Engineering
StatePublished - Feb 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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