419-Fundamentals of Masonry Part B
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This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.
The science of masonry construction is extensive, thorough, and is the foundation of the profession. But there is an artistic component bounded only by the imagination of the designer and the skilled mason.
Masonry construction has been practiced for thousands of years beginning with the ancient Greeks and the Romans. The “language” of the craft developed over this time. Today we use words that clearly identify pieces and parts of the industry that can bewilder or confound those unfamiliar with them – words such as collar joint, sash block, and Jack arch.
This three course series provides fundamental knowledge about masonry construction for the engineer, architect, contractor, and anyone else who is interested in having a basic understanding of the topic.
Fundamentals of Masonry – Part A explained and simplified the terminology and the fundamental principles of masonry and masonry construction including the nomenclature and history of the subject, and an introduction to the basic principles of wall construction.
Fundamentals of Masonry – Part B continues the discussion of masonry including design and reinforced masonry, some structural elements such as bond beams, lintels, pilasters, and arches and concludes with a section titled “What can go wrong?” with an example of the severe consequences of ignoring the design and construction principles of masonry.
It is fully illustrated with drawings and color photographs and is written in an easy to understand style.
Coming soon Fundamentals of Masonry – Part C will discuss additional masonry units including stone and glass, the anatomy of a clay brick street, efflorescence, and additional fascinating (actually, disheartening) damages resulting from sloppy and incorrect masonry construction practices.
Review of: Fundamentals of Masonry Part B
Daniel E Harker
Excellent explanations well described and illustrated.
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