oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - The control of brick and masonry construction

Volume 7, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The paper refers briefly to the antiquity of masonry construction and traces the effect of modern trends on masonry buildings. The function and the peculiar problems of building regulations are touched upon, and the alternative methods of controlling masonry construction discussed. Reference is made to the various factors affecting the strength of masonry, as well as to the possible methods of controlling these factors. The approach to the determination of the permissible stresses for masonry adopted by the South African Bureau of Standards is set out, and a method of evaluating critical stresses in masonry walls given. Attention is drawn to an important factor hitherto neglected in building by-laws and examples are given of a method of reconciling critical stresses with permissible stresses.

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