The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 57 (1979) > Issues > Issue 4 > Reinforced and Prestressed Masonry. What do you want in a Code?
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Reinforced and Prestressed Masonry. What do you want in a Code?

In 1835 Sir Marc lsambard Brunel tested his famous 7.5 m reinforced brickwork beam (Fig 1 ). The bricks were laid in 'cement' and reinforced with hoop iron in the lower courses. The beam failed under a central applied load of 12 t. Other tests followed in the next 3 years including General Pasley's, which established the need for a strong mortar for bond to the reinforcement. R.J.M. Sutherland