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Lintels for Masonry Walls

Cathleen Jacinto, SE, PE / FORSE Consulting
April 10, 2019
Session Details

This SE University session illustrated the actual behavior and load distribution of a lintel within a wall, to help engineers understand how to design this common element more effectively and efficiently. The session included information on lintel design including the basics of arch analysis, code requirements specific to lintels, design criteria, and the various options in selecting lintels in masonry walls, and outlined specific assumptions that impact masonry walls and lintels, such as masonry strength and control joint locations.

During this SE University session, attendees explored how the design of masonry lintels can add significant structural and architectural benefit to the wall that contractors and owners will welcome for crack and corrosion prevention. This presentation focused on sharing practical design tips, including information on software tools that can be used to more accurately design lintels, and a more in-depth understanding of the behavior of this commonly used structural element, prevalent in many structures today.

Session Length: 1.5 hours

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