Allowable Stress Design of Masonry #5: Design of Columns and Pilasters & Out of Plane Load Distribution

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Masonry columns and pilasters are often used in masonry buildings to carry large concentrated loads and, for pilasters, to support exterior walls subjected to out-of-plane loads. Allowable stress design and detailing required for these elements will be reviewed. This session looks at several sample masonry buildings to illustrate system behavior and overall design methodology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe where and why column and pilaster elements in masonry
  • Discuss required detailing of the columns and pilasters
  • Review the design of masonry columns
  • Review the design masonry pilasters

Allowable Stress Design of Masonry introduces Allowable Stress Design (ASD) of Masonry, review code requirements, and examine designs of common masonry elements including, beams, walls, columns, and pilasters. The series discusses design methodology as well as design for flexure, axial loads, and in-plane loads. It concludes with a review of requirements for reinforcement and connectors and detailing masonry effectively. It is recommended that you have a basic familiarity with masonry (consistent with content presented in the Masonry 101 Series). View other courses in this series or purchase the Allowable Stress Design Bundle to access all 6 and save $30 compared to buying them separately.


Presenter: W. Mark McGinley, Ph.D, PE, FASTM, FTMS, University of Louisville
Date Presented: March 9, 2022
Credit: 1 PDH / 0.10 CEU / 1 AIA LU
AIA Course Number: TMSASD05