K. Thomas
Butterworth-Heinemann | 0750624655 | 1996 | PDF | 317 pages | 14 Mb

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* Details symptoms and causes of defects * Of special interest to these investigating building failures and expert witnesses * Much needed comprehensive reference This book provides a clear, well-illustrated guide to the specification and design of modern masonry and covers brickwork, blockwork and stone masonry forms of construction. It also describes and analyses possible defects and gives advice on effective remedial works.

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The book is a useful reference for architects, builders, building surveyors and structural engineers and is an essential text book for professional students in these disciplines. Kenneth Thomas is well known in the construction industry for his many papers and articles on masonry and has for the past eleven years been a consulting engineer and building technologist specializing in masonry. He is a chartered structural engineer, a chartered builder and in 1970 was awarded a Master of Science degree by the University of Salford for his research into brickwork and materials. He was formerly Chief Technical Officer of the Brick Development Association; Head of Construction Technology at Birmingham Polytechnic (now the University of Central England) and Deputy Director of the Timber Research and Development Association. He has for many years served on numerous BSI, DOE and Professional Institutional committees and is a recipient of the Institution of Structural Engineers Oscar Faber Bronze Medal and the BSI's Distinguished Service Certificate.


Bricks and Blocks
Selection of materials and dimensions
Dimensional changes in masonry and tolerances
Bricklaying and blocklaying under winter conditions and frost attack
Salts and stains
Rain penetration, dampness and remedial measures
Wall finishes
Thermal and sound insulation of walls
Empirical design of free-standing, laterally loaded and internal walls and partitions
Calculated loadbearing masonry
Fin and diaphragm walls
Reinforced and post-tensioned walls
Masonry cladding to timber framed construction
Fire resistance
Workmanship, quality control, bonds and finishes
Repairing and replacing masonry


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