Structural Masonry in Costa Rica

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Title: Structural Masonry in Costa Rica

Author(s): J. Bermudez

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 147

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 263-282

Keywords: damage; detailing; earthquake-resistant structures; masonry; masonry walls; reinforced masonry; repairs; strengthening; structural design; Construction

Date: 9/1/1994

Abstract:
A description of masonry construction systems in Costa Rica is presented. Design and construction practice are briefly discussed, with emphasis on aspects of structural configuration and detailing of reinforcement. An example of medium-rise construction using reinforced masonry walls as the main structural system is given. An overview of Costa Rica's seismic activity, as well as a description of damage caused to masonry construction and typical repair and strengthening techniques, are presented.