Assessment, Maintenance, and Repair of Transitional Masonry Structures #4: Testing and Analysis

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Building on concepts presented during prior sessions, this session discusses approaches for obtaining information on material properties and how to use that information to understand structural capacity following applicable codes and guidelines. Several in situ methods are available for determining masonry mechanical properties including compression and shear strength. Laboratory tests are also used for determining material strength in addition to material characteristics such as mortar composition, masonry pore structure, and moisture content. The process of evaluating structural and nonstructural component compliance will be discussed in the context of guidelines and building codes, concentrating on transitional masonry building typologies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Investigate masonry material properties using in situ field procedures
  • Apply laboratory methods for evaluating masonry materials
  • Understand a mortar petrography report
  • Explain procedures for assessing structural capacity of existing masonry construction

Assessment, Maintenance, and Repair of Transitional Masonry Structures reviews the most common issues in assessing, maintaining, and where needed, repairing masonry cladding systems constructed in North America between the 1880 and 1945. View other courses in this series or purchase the Existing Masonry Bundle to access all 7 and save 10% compared to buying them separately.


Presenter: Michael Schuller, Atkinson-Noland & Associates
Date Presented: November 17, 2021
Credit: 1 AIA LU / 1 PDH / 0.10 CEU
AIA Course Number: TMSEMTS04


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