Design of Masonry Structures

By Prof. Arun Menon   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 2596
Masonry structures constitute approximately 85% of the built stock in a developing country such as India; however, a vast majority of this is non-engineered or semi-engineered constructions demonstrating poor performance, particularly under earthquake actions. Formal engineering design and detailing with due consideration to seismic action is indispensible to ensure structural safety. In this direction, the recent edition of the National Building Code (2016) of India has introduced the section on reinforced masonry design as a viable structural option. The current course aims at elucidating theories on mechanical behaviour of masonry assemblages under different actions, and introduces students to working stress and limit state approaches to analysis and design of unreinforced, reinforced, confined masonry structures for gravity and lateral loads, including earthquake loads. The course will also briefly address behaviour of masonry infill walls and procedures for structural assessment and strengthening of existing masonry structures. Students who undertakes this course will have an understanding of behavior of structural masonry under different loads, and be able to estimate capacities and design masonry walls and systems. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : The course is appropriate for senior UG (Civil), and PG students and specialising in structural engineering.
PREREQUISITES          : Student must have completed courses on strength of materials, structural analysis, structural design (RC or steel),
                                         and preferably seismic design of structures
INDUSTRY SUPPORT :  Public Works Departments (CPWD/PWDs), Birla Aerocon (and other AAC block and cement concrete block
                                         manufacturers), Bekaert (India), Weinerberger (India)
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 14 Sep 2020
End Date : 04 Dec 2020
Exam Date : 19 Dec 2020 IST
Enrollment Ends : 25 Sep 2020
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Design
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Masonry Materials and Properties
Week 3: Strength and Behaviour of Masonry
Week 4: Strength and Behaviour of Masonry
Week 5: Strength and Behaviour of Masonry
Week 6: Design of Reinforced Masonry
Week 7: Design of Reinforced Masonry
Week 8: Design of Reinforced Masonry
Week 9: Design of Reinforced Masonry
Week 10: Design of Reinforced Masonry
Week 11: Design of Reinforced Masonry
Week 12: Confined Masonry, Infill Masonry, Special Topic

Books and references

1. National Building Code of India 2016 Vol.1, Part 6 Section 4 Structural Design - Masonry 
2. R E Klingner 2010 Masonry structural design, McGrawHill Companies, Inc. New York, pp. 588. 
3. M Tomazevic 1999 Earthquake-resistant design of masonry buildings, Series on Innovation in Structures and Construction, Vol. 1, Imperial College Press, London, pp. 268. 
4. MJN Priestley and T Paulay 1997 Seismic design and assessment of reinforced concrete and masonry buildings, John Wiley and Sons. 
5. RG Drysdale, AA Hamid, LR Baker 1994 Masonry Structures: Behaviour and design, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, USA, pp. 784. 
6. AW Hendry 1981 Structural Brickwork, The Macmillan Press Ltd. pp. 209.

Instructor bio

Prof. Arun Menon

IIT Madras
Prof. Arun Menon, Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at IIT Madras, holds a first degree in architecture, a masters degree in civil engineering from India, and masters and doctoral degrees in earthquake engineering from University of Pavia, Italy. His research interests are in structural aspects of historical constructions, earthquake-resistant structural masonry, structural assessment and retrofit design. He is member of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Panel for Masonry, CED 46:P7, Technical Activities Committee (TAC) Member, International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM), Paris, France, member International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS - India) and Expert Member of International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH). He currently coordinates the activities of National Centre for Safety of Heritage Structures (NCSHS).

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 19 December 2020 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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