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Masonry Structural Design for Buildings

Course Outline

This online course presents criteria and guidance for the structural design of reinforced masonry in buildings. The contents cover quality assurance, material properties, crack control, and design criteria for reinforced masonry walls and shear walls. The course materials are based entirely on the Technical Manual TM 5-809-3/AFM 88-3 of Joint Departments of the Army and Air Force USA: Masonry Structural Design for Buildings. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Content

The purpose of this course is to provide criteria and guidance for the structural design of reinforced masonry in buildings. You are required to study the following Technical Manual of Joint Departments of the Army and Air Force USA:

TM 5-809-3/AFM 88-3: Masonry Structural Design for Buildings
(169 pages, PDF file format, 4.7 MB).

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right-clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader from your computer.

The following contains the outline of Technical Manual TM 5-809-3:

Technical Manual - Masonry Structural Design For Buildings

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Quality Assurance in Masonry
Chapter 3 - Materials, Properties, Standard Tests and Efflorescence
Chapter 4 - Design for Crack Control
Chapter 5 - General Criteria for Reinforced Masonry
Chapter 6 - Reinforced Masonry Walls
Chapter 7 - Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls
Chapter 8 - Lintels
Chapter 9 - Columns and Pilasters
Chapter 10 - Nondestructive Evaluation Techniques
Appendix A - References
Appendix B - Design Aids for Reinforced Masonry Walls
Appendix C - Lintel Design Aids

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

Masonry Advisory Council
University of Houston - Engines of Our Ingenuity No. 1169: Two Kinds of Structural Design

Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.