With dozens of design examples and design tips, coupled with excellent discussion, Strength Design of Masonry is a guide every practicing designer will want on their bookshelf.
Topics addressed include an introduction to strength design concepts, background on structural masonry, general design, requirements for reinforcement and anchor bolts, and recommendations for construction. Also discussed are strength design procedures for beams, walls, columns, and shear walls. While the guide addresses unreinforced masonry, the primary focus is reinforced masonry designed to the TMS 402/602-16 and the 2018 International Building Code.
The authors — Dr. Richard Bennett, a Professor at the University of Tennessee, and Mr. John Hochwalt, Director of Engineering at KPFF Engineers — both actively serve on the committee responsible for TMS 402/602, which contains requirements for strength design.
This book was developed as part of The Masonry Society’s Independent Author Publication series to meet a common request for specific information on this popular design method. This guide was developed to introduce strength design principles of masonry to designers unfamiliar with the method, while also helping those more experienced with strength design to use it more easily and effectively.