Arching Action Theory of Masonry Walls

by E.L. McDowell,
K.E. McKee,
E. Sevin,


Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1956, Vol. 82, Issue 2, Pg. 1-8


Document Type: Journal Paper

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Abstract: Proposed theory to explain and predict relatively great strength of masonry walls constrained between essentially rigid supports; comparison with available test data on lateral loading of brick beams; theory used to obtain static load deflection curves for masonry beams of solid cross section; results compare reasonably well with test data available on brick beams.

Subject Headings: Load tests | Masonry | Lateral loads | Beams | Walls | Field tests | Static loads | Load factors

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