Securing the Stone

by James H. Larkin, P.E., (M.ASCE), Sr. Des. Consultant; Curtain Wall Design and Consulting Inc., Dallas, TX,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 1, Pg. 65-67

Document Type: Feature article


To prevent spalling at edges on thin stone veneer, engineers who design stone cladding pay special attention to the connection details. Kerf clips, 100-150 mm long, that distribute load over a large area, are preferable to dowel pins and split tail anchor clips, which concentrate the load. Careful handling and fabrication are critical to prevent stress on connections that lead to localized edge breaks.

Subject Headings: Rocks | Load distribution | Concentrated loads | Spalling | Laminating | Fabrication | Dowels

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