Ceram Presents Paper at 15th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference

Dr Geoff Edgell, Principal Consultant, Construction, jointly authored and presented ‘The Development of Masonry Reinforced by Bond Beams and Bond Columns to Resist Lateral Load' with Andrew Best, Group Director, Buro Happold, at the 15th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference, Florianópolis, Brazil, 3 -6 June 2012.

The paper discussed how the 2009 Design Guide for Masonry Reinforced by Bond Beams to Resist Lateral Loads was the culminations of a series of tests on full size walls, small beams and low height walls. The tests demonstrated that large walls could be subdivided into smaller panels by the use of bond beams and that the lateral load resistance was considerable and comparable to walls subdivided by wind posts. The paper also described the column tests and the development of a revised and extended guide. The paper can be downloaded here.

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