What is reinforced masonry? Reinforced masonry is often used for building foundations and exterior walls, for resistance to earthquake and wind loads, and where compressive resistance to loads is required. Where unreinforced masonry has some limited uses, reinforced masonry can be used in most building applications under most loading conditions. Masonry design is rarely taught in college design courses so practitioners must research how to use this material in design.This interactive online course will focus on reinforced masonry design and how the use of this design method is employed everyday for buildings, foundations, and retaining walls. This course is intended to close the knowledge gap and provide a background in the use of this material for design.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Describe the approaches to both ASD and LRFD design for reinforced masonry
- Identify the differences between the prescriptive limits of the building code and the design requirements for reinforced masonry for load bearing walls
- Identify the primary failure modes for reinforced masonry that require design and how to adjust the design to accommodate both axial and lateral loads
- Identify the approximate limits of loads such as wind, earthquakes, flood and blast, and issues important to these loads when using reinforced masonry