Towards a rational design of slender masonry walls

Design of loadbearing, out-of-plane (OOP), tall masonry walls tends to have stringent limits related to their buckling stability and the scarcity of research on their structural reliability. This currently puts the masonry industry at a disadvantage as a construction alternative compared to other structural options. The dearth of masonry research and innovation in slender wall design since the 1980’s, when working stress and prescriptive-based design was common, has had a negative impact on the use of conventional slender masonry walls as limit states and objective-based design was adopted. This project consists of the development of analytical models for walls (validated with experimental data) which will be used to conduct reliability studies to investigate the safety and accuracy of current design methods. TO BE CONT’D

Faculty Supervisor:

Carlos Cruz Noguez


Odín Guzmán Sánchez


Alberta Masonry Council


Engineering - civil


Construction and infrastructure




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