Design of Masonry Shear Walls

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The design of reinforced masonry shear walls using both the Allowable Stress Design method and the Strength Design method is covered in this lesson.  The requirements for both the design for overturning and the design for shear are explained. The prescriptive seismic detailing requirements for each of three reinforced masonry shear walls types, ordinary, intermediate, and special, are explained, with particular attention to special reinforced shear walls. The design process is illustrated with examples.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the three different types of reinforced masonry shear walls and the requirements for each type.
  • Understand seismic design requirements for shear walls.
  • Understand the design process for shear walls using the Allowable Stress Design method.
  • Understand the design process for shear walls using the Strength Design method.

Presenter: Richard Bennett, PhD., PE, University of Tennessee
Date Presented: May 10, 2018
Credit: 1 PDH / 0.10 CEU