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TitleDesign of large size non-loadbearing masonry walls : case studies in Portugal: technical and economical benefits
Author(s)Lourenço, Paulo B.
KeywordsBed joint reinforcement
Non-loadbearing walls
Case studies
Issue date2004
PublisherEindhoven University of Technology
CitationINTERNATIONAL BRICK AND BLOCK MASONRY CONFERENCE, 13, Amsterdam, 2004 – “13th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference”. Eindhoven : Eindhoven University of Technology, 2004.
Abstract(s)Masonry walls exhibit cracking frequently. This is mostly a consequence of the lack of detailing in the design project and the absence of a clear responsible for the performance and safety of this building element. The incorporation of a low percentage of bed joint reinforcement allows creating a composite material with tensile strength. This reinforced material leads to conceive new technological solutions but also a crackfree architecture. Here, the recurrent damage in Portuguese masonry walls is detailed and new solutions for medium and large size masonry walls are addressed. For a given case study, an economical analysis is carried out, comparing the original solution and the alternative solution adopting bed joint reinforcement.
TypeConference paper
AccessOpen access
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