The seismic behavior of unreinforced masonry structures is generally less favorable than that of reinforced concrete structures. Masonry structures are primarily designed to accommodate vertical loads, which are derived primarily through pressure forces into the subsoil. But in case of horizontal and dynamic loads such as wind or earthquakes, also tensile stress occurs that can lead to cracks in the masonry and finally to failure.
The following services are offered in the masonry structures division:
Seismic assessment of existing buildings by BWG respectively, FOEN level 3 with linear and nonlinear static calculations:
Development of seismic retrofit concepts
Computation of floor response spectra with
Design of reinforced/unreinforced masonry structures, confined masonry structures and masonry infills in frame
Assessment and design according to the following codes: