How Masonry Buildings Resist Earthquakes Pittsford NY

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

Local Companies

Reale Masonry Contractors Inc
(914) 277-5299
5 Scott Dr
Somers, NY
Gotte Kenneth F Mason Contr
(315) 736-8220
5863 Cavanaugh Rd
Marcy, NY
Harman Contracting Inc
(718) 743-7726
701 Ocean View Ave
Brooklyn, NY
G D & V Construction Co
(585) 381-9321
365 N Washington St
Rochester, NY
Mfs Masonry
(845) 651-5421

Florida, NY
Flower City Masonry
(585) 218-4380
5 Poinciana Dr
Pittsford, NY
Koch Masonry
(518) 398-5854

Pine Plains, NY
Brickwerx Fine Masonry
(516) 933-7272

Nassau, NY
Priore J Constr
(315) 724-5640
316 Ontario St
Utica, NY
Peter David Masonry
(315) 387-5247
88 Ballou Rd
Lacona, 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
- High Cement Content Problems Pittsford NY
Portland cement gives a mortar added durability, high early strength, a consistent hardening rate, and high compressive and bond strengths. However, mortar with excessively high cement contents can affect water permeability and durability of the masonry.
- Galvanized Wall Ties Pittsford NY
- Flashing at Sills Pittsford NY
- Galvanized Wall Ties Pittsford NY
- Inner Corner at Base of Wall Pittsford NY
- Graphisoft EcoDesigner Pittsford NY
- Grout Pumps Pittsford NY
- Hand-Held Power Saws Pittsford NY
- Flue Liners for Masonry Chimneys Pittsford NY
- Flashing Factors Pittsford NY