The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 62 (1984) > Issues > Issue 13 > Arching Action in Transverse Laterally Loaded Masonry Wall Panels
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Arching Action in Transverse Laterally Loaded Masonry Wall Panels

The paper presents a theory for predicting the behaviour of one-way spanning unreinforced masonry subjected to transverse lateral loading in which arching action may develop within the wall thickness. The paper compares the behaviour of such walls prior to cracking and post-cracking and demonstrates the effect of moisture movement strains, abutment stiffness, and material properties on the strength. A series of arching tests on wall elements is described and conclusions are drawn on the application of arching theory to design. C. Anderson