The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 66 (1988) > Issues > Issue 22 > A Discussion of 'Yieldlines' in Unreinforced Masonry
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A Discussion of 'Yieldlines' in Unreinforced Masonry

In the UK, the design of unreinforced masonry to resist lateral loading is carried out by yieldline analysis. It is known that this is theoretically unsound, as it assumes the existence of plastic hinges which cannot exist in a brittle material. Nevertheless, it is often claimed that yieldline theory does give reasonable predictions of the lateral strength of masonry. R. Lovegrove

Author(s): Lovegrove, R

Keywords: masonry;design;strength;loading;lateral;yield line methods;unreinforced