Hybrid masonry is a structural system that utilizes reinforced masonry walls with a framed structure. While the frame can be constructed of reinforced concrete or structural steel, the discussion here will include steel frames in combination with reinforced concrete masonry walls. The reinforced masonry infill participates structurally with the frame and provides strength and stiffness to the system. It can be used in single-‐wythe or cavity wall construction provided the connections and joints are protected against water penetration and corrosion. The hybrid walls are constructed within the plane of the framing. Dependent upon the type of hybrid wall used, the framing supports some or all of the weight of the masonry walls.
Hybrid masonry/frame structures were first proposed in 2006 [ref.1]. There are several reasons for its development but one primary reason is to simplify the construction of framed buildings with masonry infill. While many designers prefer masonry infill walls as the backup for veneers in framed buildings, there is often a conflict created when structural engineers design steel bracing for the frame which interferes with the masonry infill. This leads to detailing and construction interferences trying to fit masonry around braces. One solution is to eliminate the steel bracing and use reinforced masonry infill as the shear wall bracing to create a hybrid structural system…
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