Reinforced Brick Work and Their Advantages - Civil Engineering

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Reinforced Brick Work and Their Advantages

Reinforced brick work

Plain brick masonry can not take any tensile stress. Reinforced brick work can withstand  tensile and shear stresses quite effectively. First class bricks are used in this type of work. For embedding the reinforcement, dense cement mortar is used. 

Reinforcement to be used in brick walls may consist of Simple iron bars or expanded metal mesh or in the form of hoop iron.The reinforcement may be placed either horizontally or vertically. Reinforced brick work is adopted under the following circumstances:

  1. When the brick work has to resist tensile and shear stresses.
  2. When a structure is to be constructed on soils of unequal bearing capacity.
  3.  For constructing brick beam over an opening.
  4.  For constructing retaining wall, floor slabs etc.
  5. When the longitudinal bond is to be increased.
  6. When the brick wall is likely to be subjected to heavy Compressive loads .
  7.  When a brick wall is to be constructed in seismic areas.

Advantages of Reinforced Brick Work

The advantages of reinforced brick works are manifolds. They are as follows:

  • It is cheap, durable, fire proof, easy to construct.
  • It results in the increase of floor space due to adoption of brick work of less thickness.
  •  It can resist tensile, shear and heavy compressive stresses effectively .
  •  It makes the structure safe on soil of unequal bearing capacity.
  • In seismic areas,it is the only choice if a structure is made with brick masonry.

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