Analysis of Reliability for Masonry Structures

by Bruce Ellingwood, (A.M.ASCE), Research Struct. Engr.; Center for Building Tech., United States Dept. of Commerce, National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C. 20234,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 5, Pg. 757-773

Document Type: Journal Paper


Strength design and the use of loading criteria, based on probabilistic limit states design principles, are relatively new concepts in the masonry area. These concepts afford a number of advantages for design. Their implementation requires an assessment of the following: statistical data on masonry strength, the establishment of appropriate measures of reliability for design, and the development of safety factors to be applied to material and load variables. Available strength data on brick and concrete masonry construction are summarized, and a few reliability calculations are made to show how masonry compares with other engineered construction materials.

Subject Headings: Structural analysis | Structural reliability | Strength of materials | Construction materials | Masonry | Concrete construction | Live loads | Probability

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