The purpose of this symposium paper (795 Kb PDF) is to encourage the design and construction of new structural masonry building structures which will be assets for many years to come.
Masonry has many good qualities as a structural material, yet they have not been exploited for most of this century. Masonry fulfils a functional role and makes an attractive and worthy contribution to the built environment.
The durability of masonry is well known; modern masonry units and construction methods should ensure that new building structures will last as long, if not longer, than older buildings. The paper highlights a number of structural masonry alternatives, many of which have been utilised in the last 10 years on very innovative structures.
Diaphragm walls and fin walls are reviewed and compared and extensive consideration is given to masonry reinforcement and post tensioned brickwork.