Swayam Central

Design of Masonry Structures

By Prof. Arun Menon   |   IIT Madras
Masonry structures constitute approximately 85% of the built stock in a developing country such as India; however, a vast majority of this is non-engineered or semi-engineered constructions demonstrating poor performance, particularly under earthquake actions. Formal engineering design and detailing with due consideration to seismic action is indispensible to ensure structural safety. In this direction, the recent edition of the National Building Code (2016) of India has introduced the section on reinforced masonry design as a viable structural option. The current course aims at elucidating theories on mechanical behaviour of masonry assemblages under different actions, and introduces students to working stress and limit state approaches to analysis and design of unreinforced, reinforced, confined masonry structures for gravity and lateral loads, including earthquake loads. The course will also briefly address behaviour of masonry infill walls and procedures for structural assessment and strengthening of existing masonry structures. Students who undertakes this course will have an understanding of behavior of structural masonry under different loads, and be able to estimate capacities and design masonry walls and systems. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : The course is appropriate for senior UG (Civil), and PG students and specialising in structural engineering.
PREREQUISITES          : Student must have completed courses on strength of materials, structural analysis, structural design (RC or steel),
                                         and preferably seismic design of structures
INDUSTRY SUPPORT :  Public Works Departments (CPWD/PWDs), Birla Aerocon (and other AAC block and cement concrete block
                                         manufacturers), Bekaert (India), Weinerberger (India)


Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 18 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 16 Nov 2019
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Level : Undergraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course


    Week 1: Introduction
    Week 2: Masonry Materials and Properties
    Week 3: Strength and Behaviour of Masonry
    Week 4: Strength and Behaviour of Masonry
    Week 5: Strength and Behaviour of Masonry
    Week 6: Design of Reinforced Masonry
    Week 7: Design of Reinforced Masonry
    Week 8: Design of Reinforced Masonry
    Week 9: Design of Reinforced Masonry
    Week 10: Design of Reinforced Masonry
    Week 11: Design of Reinforced Masonry
    Week 12: Confined Masonry, Infill Masonry, Special Topic


    1. National Building Code of India 2016 Vol.1, Part 6 Section 4 Structural Design - Masonry 
    2. R E Klingner 2010 Masonry structural design, McGrawHill Companies, Inc. New York, pp. 588. 
    3. M Tomazevic 1999 Earthquake-resistant design of masonry buildings, Series on Innovation in Structures and Construction, Vol. 1, Imperial College Press, London, pp. 268. 
    4. MJN Priestley and T Paulay 1997 Seismic design and assessment of reinforced concrete and masonry buildings, John Wiley and Sons. 
    5. RG Drysdale, AA Hamid, LR Baker 1994 Masonry Structures: Behaviour and design, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, USA, pp. 784. 
    6. AW Hendry 1981 Structural Brickwork, The Macmillan Press Ltd. pp. 209.


    Prof. Arun Menon
    , Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at IIT Madras, holds a first degree in architecture, a masters degree in civil engineering from India, and masters and doctoral degrees in earthquake engineering from University of Pavia, Italy. His research interests are in structural aspects of historical constructions, earthquake-resistant structural masonry, structural assessment and retrofit design. He is member of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Panel for Masonry, CED 46:P7, Technical Activities Committee (TAC) Member, International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM), Paris, France, member International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS - India) and Expert Member of International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH). He currently coordinates the activities of National Centre for Safety of Heritage Structures (NCSHS).


    • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    • Date and Time of Exams: 16 November 2019, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. 
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched