Assessment, Maintenance, and Repair of Transitional Masonry Structures #4: Testing & Analysis
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.
During Existing Masonry Night School: Assessment, Maintenance, and Repair of Transitional Masonry Structures, instructors discuss the most common issues in assessing, maintaining, and where needed, repairing masonry cladding systems constructed in North America between the 1880 and 1945.