Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Christopher Mullen

Second Advisor

Hunain Alkhateb

Third Advisor

Yacoub Najjar

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The seismic and wind load acting on the 2-storeyed building of dimension 120 ft x 98 ft located in Oxford, MS, were calculated and the seismic load was considered for the design of the 120 ft long and 24 ft high load-bearing wall because it being critical. The maximum loading was computed using different load combinations. The masonry behavior and masonry specifications were considered to select the masonry unit, grout, and mortar for the load-bearing wall. The seismic design requirement for the shear and slender wall was fulfilled for the special reinforced masonry wall. The in-plane and out-of-plane loading scenarios were considered for finding the required reinforcement in the wall to resist the bending moment and the shear. The special reinforced masonry wall was designed using the Strength Design method. The cost of construction of a 24 ft high wall with reinforced concrete and the reinforced masonry was computed. It was found that the construction with reinforced masonry came out much cheaper as compared to the construction with reinforced concrete.

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