Overall Comments on Strength Design of Unreinforced Panel Walls

Nonload bearing masonry, without calculated reinforcement, can easily resist wind loads. It approaches its capacity only in the case of   ungrouted hollow masonry. In this case, the lower allowable flexural tensile stress for masonry cement-mortar can be critical in design.

If noncalculated reinforcement is included, it will not act until the masonry has cracked.
Elements such as the ones we have calculated in this section can be designed in many cases by prescription.

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