Fixity Moment Induced On Masonry Walling

Summary

The most common residential structural system adopted in Malta relates to cellular load-bearing masonry.  A soft, workable limestone building material is the only natural resource available.  Terraced housing two or three storeys high was considered robust and stable, but the needs of the motorcar have introduced a soft open storey at ground or basement level.  Originally, beams supporting the overlying floors spanned this opening, but for about 20 years, hollow prestressed slabs spanning from 6 to 7 m have overtaken this  structural system.  A vertical load analysis of the walls is  conducted using BS5628:Part 1:1978, Structural use of Unreinforced Masonry.  5 refs.

Primary author(s): Camilleri D H

                           

Source: Struct.Eng.

            80,No.20,2002,p.15-16

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