Strength Design of Masonry #2: Strength Design of Beams

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This session 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.

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

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Presenter: Richard M. Bennett, PhD., PE, University of Tennessee
Date Presented: February 10, 2021
Credit: 1 AIA LU / 1 PDH / 0.10 CEU
AIA Course Number: TMSSD02


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