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Architectural Engineering (A E)

A E 432 Design of Masonry Structures (3) Analysis and design of unreinforced and reinforced masonry: non-bearing walls, bearing walls, shear walls, masonry building systems.

A E 432 Design of Masonry Structures (3)

This course is intended to prepare students in Architectural Engineering and related disciplines such as Civil Engineering and Agricultural and Biological Engineering to design load-bearing and non load-bearing masonry structures. Although the emphasis will be on reinforced masonry, the design of unreinforced masonry will also be covered. The course will begin with a discussion of the materials used in masonry construction: clay units, concrete units, mortars, grout, and reinforcement. Since masonry is designed by allowable stress methods, a discussion of allowable stress design, as compared to load and resistance factor design, is necessary from the outset. The first design applications to be discussed will be non load-bearing walls, reinforced and unreinforced. This will be followed by a brief coverage of the topic of columns. The next topic will be load-bearing walls, reinforced and unreinforced. The discussions of load-bearing walls will describe two methods for their design: the use of a straight-line interaction formula and the construction of interaction diagrams. The analysis of systems of shear walls will be described in detail, followed by shear wall design. The design of particular building systems, both low-rise and mid-rise will either be covered by lectures, or by other exercises.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2005
Prerequisite: A E 402 orC E 341

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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