CORREA, M. R. S.
University of Sao Paulo, Department of Structural Engineering
DA SILVA, R. M.2
Federal University of Minas Gerais, Department of Structural Engineering
This paper presents an overview of the 1st part of the Brazilian Clay Masonry Code, which deals with the design of masonry structures and their components. The Masonry Standards in the Brazilian construction is discussed, highlighting the most important points of the recently launched code issue. This paper discusses some specific parts of the normalized text, enhancing the innovative points and the developments regarding other existing codes. It mentions some important items such as: masonry elements, masonry strength, loads and their combinations, partial safety factors, design procedures and limits of dimensions. It also includes the contents of two Appendixes related to the accidental damage design and the design of prestressed masonry, which have been introduced in Brazil. The new Code brings important changes that address clay masonry structures and the use of the limit state safety philosophy, which had not yet been considered in the Brazilian Concrete Masonry Code.
Clay Masonry, Brazilian Code, Design