Course Details

Masonry Structures (S)

BL006 course is part of 3 study plans

Bc. full-t. program nB > S compulsory Summer Semester 4th year 5 credits

Bc. combi. program nBK > S compulsory Summer Semester 4th year 5 credits

Bc. full-t. program nBA > S compulsory Summer Semester 4th year 5 credits

History, types and trends of development of masonry structures and their design. Materials for masonry structures. Strength and deformation of masonry. Analyses of buckling and eccentricity effects. Single-layer non-reinforced walls and piers. Ultimate limit states. Analyses of the basic loads masonry structures. Serviceability limit states. Structural systems of masonry constructions. Masonry arches. Design of horizontal structures from shaped masonry bricks. Design of wall ceramic blocks. Reinforced masonry. Folded walls.

Course Guarantor

doc. Ing. Miloš Zich, Ph.D.


Institute of Concrete and Masonry Structures

Learning outcomes

A student gains these knowledge and skills:
Ability to design the masonry structures. To set up their calculating models. To elaborate static calculation. To elaborate technical drawings according to valid recommendation and stards. Ability to check the correct technological methods of executing of masonry structures.


structural mechanics, theory of elasticity, design of concrete members


not required

Planned educational activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. Education runs in the forms of lectures and trainings. Character of the lectures is based on definition of basic principles, problems and methodology. In the trainings the main subject matters are trained on individually defined projects (examples).

Forms and criteria of assessment

To gain the credit, the students should elaborate individually defined design and calculate specified task. The students are obliged to consult the design continuously in the given terms and submit it to the fixed date. The presences in training lessons are checked. An exam consists both of the written part, in which the task is elaborated, and the theoretical part. To pass the exam successfully, both parts should be accomplished.


To learn to design the masonry structures, to set up their mathematical models, to elaborate static calculation and technical drawings according to the valid recommendation and standards.
To control the correct technology at constructing the masonry structures.

Specification of controlled instruction, the form of instruction, and the form of compensation of the absences

Vymezení kontrolované výuky a způsob jejího provádění stanoví každoročně aktualizovaná vyhláška garanta předmětu.


2 hours/week, 13 weeks, elective

Syllabus of lectures

1. Development of masonry structures and their design. Materials for masonry structures. Structural arrangement.
2. Strength and deformation properties of masonry. Buckling influence.
3. Load-bearing capacity of masonry elements axially or unaxially compressed.
4. Load-bearing capacity of masonry elements stressed by flexure, shear, tension or concentrated pressure.
5. Limit state of cracks opening. Limit state of deformation.
6. General principles for the design of masonry structures. Statical analysis of hall masonry structures.
7. Statical analysis of multi-storey masonry buildings with flexible and rigid horizontal structures.
8. Statical analysis of masonry arches.
9. Horizontal structures of hollow clay blocks. Solution of composite elements formed of beams and shaped blocks.
10. Design of vertical ceramic elements.
11. Reinforced, grip and prestressed masonry. Folded walls.


2 hours/week, 13 weeks, compulsory

Syllabus of practice

1. Material characteristics. Axially loaded brickwork column.
2. Perimeter wall of a building with timber floors.
3. Interaction diagram of a brickwork column of T- shape.
4. Perimeter wall of a building with rigid floors (part 1).
5. Perimeter wall of a building with rigid floors (part 2).
6. Reinforced basement wall subjected to earth pressure.
7. Column subjected to concentrated loads.
8. Reinforced masonry lintel.
9. Brickwork vault.
10. Masonry arch lintel.
11. Handing in the project. Credit.