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Strength Design of Beams

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

This session of Masonry Night School: Strength Design of Masonry will review the design of masonry beams and lintels, including an examination of whether arching action can be used to reduce the loads on these elements. Deflection calculations will be reviewed, along with detailing requirements to meet code minimum and maximum reinforcement percentages. Deep beam requirements will also be covered.

Continuing Education: 1 AIA LU / 1 PDH / 0.10 CEU

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce the design masonry beams and lintels for bending moment and shear
  • Describe deflection calculations for beams and lintels
  • Review maximum and minimum reinforcing provisions
  • Examine arching and discuss when it can be used

About the Presenter

Richard M. Bennett, Ph.D., P.E., FTMS, Professor at the University of Tennessee, is a Professor at the University of Tennessee. He served as the Chair of the 2016 TMS 402/602 Committee and he currently serves as the 2nd Vice Chair of the 2022 Committee. He has taught extensively and presented on many topics for The Masonry Society and other groups, sharing insights and findings from his research and trial designs. For his tremendous efforts in leading the Committee, he received TMS’s President’s Award and was made a Fellow of the Society.

Dr. Bennett recently co-authored Strength Design of Masonry for The Masonry Society and has served as a co-author on the popular Masonry Designer’s Guide, TMS Responds, and other publications. His writing and work have been awarded with TMS Journal Paper Awards and an 11th North American Masonry Conference Outstanding Paper Award.


February 10
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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