Structural Behaviour of Stack Pattern and Running Bond Masonry Walls

Many office and institutional buildings use concrete masonry walls as their loadbearing elements. They are required to withstand loads coming from their roof structures and also caused by wind and seismic events. This research project will determine the suitability of such masonry walls when subjected to these loads. Further, this project will research to improve the performance of these walls by introducing various new structural and construction details. The goal of this research will be accomplished through experimental and computer modeling techniques. The outcomes of this research are expected to advance the current understanding and design philosophy of masonry walls by introducing various alternatives and details. Hence, the member organizations of the industry partner, Canada Masonry Design Centre will benefit from the research outcomes.

Karla Gorospe
Faculty Supervisor: 
Sreekanta Das
Partner University: