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Design of Masonry Structures

Masonry structures constitute approximately 85% of the built stock in a developing country such as India; however, a vast majority of this is non-engineered or semi-engineered constructions demonstrating poor performance, particularly under earthquake actions. Formal engineering design and detailing with due consideration to seismic action is indispensible to ensure structural safety. In this direction, the recent edition of the National Building Code (2016) of India has introduced the section on reinforced masonry design as a viable structural option. The current course aims at elucidating theories on mechanical behaviour of masonry assemblages under different actions, and introduces students to working stress and limit state approaches to analysis and design of unreinforced, reinforced, confined masonry structures for gravity and lateral loads, including earthquake loads. The course will also briefly address behaviour of masonry infill walls and procedures for structural assessment and strengthening of existing masonry structures. Students who undertakes this course will have an understanding of behavior of structural masonry under different loads, and be able to estimate capacities and design masonry walls and systems. INTENDED AUDIENCE : The course is appropriate for senior UG (Civil), and PG students and specialising in structural engineering.PREREQUISITES : Student must have completed courses on strength of materials, structural analysis, structural design (RC or steel), and preferably seismic design of structuresINDUSTRY SUPPORT : Public Works Departments (CPWD/PWDs), Birla Aerocon (and other AAC block and cement concrete block manufacturers), Bekaert (India), Weinerberger (India)

Course Authors

Prof. Arun MenonIIT MadrasProf. Arun Menon, Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at IIT Madras, holds a first degree in architecture, a masters degree in civil engineering from India, and masters and doctoral degrees in earthquake engineering from University of Pavia, Italy. His research interests are in structural aspects of historical constructions, earthquake-resistant structural masonry, structural assessment and retrofit design. He is member of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Panel for Masonry, CED 46:P7, Technical Activities Committee (TAC) Member, International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM), Paris, France, member International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS - India) and Expert Member of International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH). He currently coordinates the activities of National Centre for Safety of Heritage Structures (NCSHS).

  • Course Level: Undergraduate/Postgraduate
  • Subject: Civil Engineering
  • Fees: TBA
  • Language: English
  • Certificate: Available
  • Duration: 12 weeks
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