How Masonry Buildings Resist Earthquakes Albany NY

Because masonry buildings usually have many structural wall elements, they tend to be stiff laterally. Because masonry buildings in Albany are stiff laterally, even moderate earthquakes can subject them to large shear loads at their base.

Local Companies

Kjm Construction of Albany
(518) 862-2085

Albany, NY
Tompkins Masonry Corp
(518) 465-1621
210 Sheridan Ave
Albany, NY
Pcc Contracting Inc
(518) 785-8000

Albany, NY
D & L Masonry-Builders Inc
(518) 869-7134
1092 Watervliet Shaker Rd
Albany, NY

Provided By:

Source: Masonry Construction
Publication date: January 1, 1990

By Richard E. Klingner

How vulnerable are masonry buildings to earthquakes? How can they be designed to resist earthquakes?

HOW MASONRY BUILDINGS RESPOND

Because masonry buildings usually have many structural wall elements, they tend to be stiff laterally. Because masonry buildings are stiff laterally, even moderate earthquakes can subject them to large shear loads at their base.

For a typical masonry building, these shear loads can be calculated in the following way: Base shear load= (building mass) x (earthquake ground acceleration) x (dynamic amplification factor).

MASONRY SEISMIC DESIGN

Though even moderate ground accelerations can subject masonry buildings to large shear loads, masonry buildings can still be designed to resist these loads. In general, the designer must estimate the lateral inertial forces acting on each element and provide for the transfer of these forces down to the foundation.

INELASTIC RESPONSE OF MASONRY BUILDINGS

A masonry building's earthquake resistance has been described here as a function of wall layout, wall area, and wall strength. These characteristics are often sufficient. Enough wall area can often be provided so that even during a strong earthquake the building's walls remain basically elastic, without any yielding of reinforcement. However, architectural constraints may limit the wall area that can be provided.

Click here to read full article from Masonry Construction

Related Articles
- Flue Liners for Masonry Chimneys Albany NY
Building codes require that residential masonry chimneys with walls thinner than 8 inches (nominal) be lined with a fire clay flue lining, fire clay brick, or a material that resists corrosion, softening, and cracking from flue gases as hot as 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Graphisoft EcoDesigner Albany NY
- Hand-Held Power Saws Albany NY
- Flashing Factors Albany NY
- Flashing at Sills Albany NY
- High Cement Content Problems Albany NY
- Grout Pumps Albany NY
- Galvanized Wall Ties Albany NY
- Inner Corner at Base of Wall Albany NY
- Galvanized Wall Ties Albany NY