Masonry Wall Design – Dead Load Calculation – Lateral Loads on panels.
When designing a masonry wall for lateral loads (Bending), you are required to enter a “Dead Load (kPa)”. The dead load pressure on the level of the moment parallel to the bedding joints is required to calculate the cracking moment resistance. This article contains the procedure on how to calculate the dead load pressure.
Characteristic vertical load, Gk, at mid-height:
= thickness x (height/2) x density
Design vertical load at mid-height:
= partial safety factor on loads x characteristic load (Gk)
= γf x Gk
= kN/m run
Design vertical stress per m length, gA:
= Design vertical load / Area