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CIV 445 - Design of Reinforced Masonry Structures


Dr. Sean St.Clair

Dr. Sean St.Clair, Department Chair


Lecture: TBD
Office Hours: Monday 12:00-2:00; Thursday 2:00-3:00; by appointment, anytime my door is open

Required Texts:

The Masonry Society. (2007). Masonry Designers’ Guide (MDG-5), Fifth Edition, The Masonry Society.

National Concrete Masonry Association (Dates Vary). TEK Manual, available http://www.ncma.org/etek/homefrm_map.cfm?spdm=willamettegraystone.com

References Supplied by the Masonry and Ceramic Tile Institute of Oregon:

Masonry Standards Joint Committee (2002). Building Code Requirements (ACI 530-02/ASCE 5-02/TMS 402-02) and Specifications (ACI 530.1-02/ASCE 6-02/TMS 602-02)for Masonry Structures, American Concrete Institute.Masonry Institute of America (2003). 2003 Masonry Codes and Specifications, MIA.

International Code Council (2006). Reinforced Concrete Masonry Construction Inspectors' Handbook, 6th Ed, ICC.

Tawresey, J.G. (1995). Notes on the Selection, Design and Construction of Reinforced Hollow Clay Masonry, KPFF Consulting Engineers.

Course Description:

Analysis and design of reinforced masonry beams, walls and columns with additional emphasis on lateral design considerations.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze reinforced masonry members.
  • Design and detail various types of reinforced masonry members such as
    • Beams for both flexure and shear
    • Walls resisting axial loads, out-of-plane bending, and in-plane lateral loads as well as the interaction of these loads
    • Columns and pilasters for axial and flexure
    • Footings, piers, and foundation walls
  • Be familiar with the building code, ACI 530, and be able to apply the guidelines therein to design and detailing mentioned above


Homework = 25%
Design Project = 25%
Midterm Exam = 25%
Final Exam = 25%

90 – 100% = A
80 – 90% = B
70 – 80% = C
60 – 70% = D
0 – 60% = F

Approximate Schedule

Week 1            Introduction – Codes, mortar, grout, clay bricks, concrete units, section properties       

Week 2            Flexural Analysis and introduction to beam design for flexure                

Week 3            Continuation of flexural analysis and beam shear

Week 4            Axial Design – columns, pilasters, and walls under axial load only
                         EXAM 1

Week 5            Beam columns – combined bending and axial for columns and walls loaded out-of-plane
Week 6            Shear wall design for wind and seismic loads including horizontal and lateral distribution of lateral loads

Week 7            Shear walls Continued

Week 8            Retaining walls, footings, piers and foundation walls

Weeks 9-10     Project

NOTE: Support for this course has been graciously provided by the Masonry and Ceramic Tile Institute of Oregon who provided the instructor with a teaching grant leading to reduced student fees as well as the aforementioned reference manuals.  For further information, please see contact information below.

Carl Lee
Executive Director
Masonry and Ceramic Tile Institute of Oregon
3609 SW Corbett, Suite 4
Portland, OR 97239