Masonry Performance in the Coastal Zone

by Mark Hogan, Natl Concrete Masonry Assoc, Herndon, United States,
Anthony K. Karwoski, Natl Concrete Masonry Assoc, Herndon, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hurricane Hugo One Year Later


Investigators from the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) surveyed the coastal areas of South Carolina from Charleston to Myrtle Beach during a seven day period just after hurricane Hugo, to document the performance of masonry structures and masonry components. These investigations along with analytical evaluations of structural performance substantiate existing design and construction recommendations. This technology is transferred to practice through educational forums, model building code revisions and technical publications on masonry design and construction practices. Principal areas of concern included performance of low-rise unreinforced masonry structures with lightweight and heavy weight roof systems, high-rise masonry behavior under suction loads and general roof and foundation performance as it relates to lateral support of masonry walls.

Subject Headings: Masonry | Structural behavior | Construction management | Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones | Roofs | Building design | Low-rise buildings | Material properties

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