Spacing of Lateral Supports for Masonry Walls


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Title: Spacing of Lateral Supports for Masonry Walls

Author(s): Robert H. Krone and Richard N. Pollitz

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 62

Issue: 2

Appears on pages(s): 231-238

Keywords: block, code requirement, lateral support, masonry wall, stress spacing, wall, wind.

Date: 2/1/1965

The interpretation of some building codes regarding the spacing of lateral supports or the limiting of the stresses in masonry walls for stability against wind pressures seem to vary among engineers. To emphasize the need for a clarifi-cation of the codes in this matter, the results of an analytical study of hollow block masonry walls is presented. From this study graphs have been prepared for ease of evaluating the stability of a masonry wall based on its combined strength in the vertical and horizontal directions.