February 15, 2022


Seismic Design of Masonry Walls (TMS 402-16) in RISA-3D


RISA-3D is expanding its industry leading support for the analysis and design of various materials with the implementation of Seismic Design of Masonry Wall Panels according to the provisions of TMS 402-16 (as well as ACI 530-13).

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When creating a model in RISA-3D, users now have the ability to easily define a "seismic design rule" for masonry walls with one of three options:

  • Ordinary
  • Intermediate
  • Special
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When the seismic design rule is established, various provisions from TMS 402-16 are evaluated including checks for:

  • Boundary Zone Reinforcement
  • Minimum Spacing of Horizontal Reinforcement (Out-of-Plane)
  • Maximum In-Plane Shear Reinforcement
  • Mortar Type

When the analysis is complete, users can evaluate the design either in spreadsheet results or using the detailed reports similar to what has previously been available for concrete shear walls.

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For additional details on the calculations, visit the Masonry Walls – Seismic Design topic found in the RISA-3D Online Help file:

RISA-3D Help: Masonry Walls - Seismic Design


Tags: RISA-3D Masonry Walls Seismic

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