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Anchoring in Masonry Structures – Types, Installation, Anchorage Length and Strength

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Anchors in masonry structures are commonly used to attach different structural and nonstructural masonry components. Types, installation, anchorage length and its strength is discussed. The structural members which required anchors to be attached to masonry involves ledger beam, girders, floor and roof diaphragms, and other members that possibly need to transfer their load to the masonry. An example of anchoring utilization in masonry structures is Floor and roof diaphragms which are usually carried by girder and loads from girders are transferred to masonry through anchoring girder to masonry. Not only do anchors transfer gravity loads to masonry but they also can transfer lateral loads as well. Building Code Requirements and Specifications for Masonry structures (ACI 530.1-11) provide requirements and design methods for masonry anchorage. In this article, different aspects of anchors in masonry structures are discussed in the following sections.

Fig.1: Anchoring of New Masonry Wall to Existing Masonry Wall to Transfer Lateral Loads

Anchors in Masonry Structures - Types, Installation, And Anchorage Strength

Types of Anchor Bolts Used in Masonry Structures

There are different kinds of anchor bolts which are used in the construction of masonry structures and these anchor bolts are categorized as follows: Plate anchor bolts that possess round or square plate at the end which is not threaded as shown in Figure-2 and Figure-3.

Fig.2: Square Plate Anchor Bolts for Masonry Structures

Fig.3: Round Plate Anchor Bolts for Masonry Structures

Bent bar anchor bolts which their shapes similar to letter L and letter J as it can be seen from Figure-4 and Figure-5.

Fig.4: L-Shaped Bent Bar Anchor Bolt for Masonry Structures

Fig.5: J- Shaped Bent Bar Anchor Bolt for Masonry Structures

Headed anchor both with square or hexagonal head, Figure 6 and Figure 7.

Fig.6: Square Head Anchor Bolt for Masonry Structures

Fig.7: Hexagonal Headed Anchor Bolt for Masonry Structures

Installation of Anchor Bolts in Masonry Grout

Both grout thickness encircled bolts and length in the grout are substantially influential on the strength of bolt anchor. Loads of components anchored to masonry are transferred through grouts around the bolt, so adequate amount of grout should be provided to obtain successful anchorage. ACI 530.1-11 provides specifications related to the installation and embedment of anchor bolts in grouts. The ACI 530.1-11 recommends that, the embedded anchor bolts need to be grouted with minimum grout thickness of 12.7mm between masonry and anchor bolts disregard of the type of the bolts which is being used. This specification may not be followed and thickness of the gout can be decreased if the diameter of the anchor bolt used is 6.35mm. it is worth mentioning that, exception is not common in practical world. The anchorage strength for all kinds of bolts is based on effective embedment length which is denoted as (lb), and the effective embedment length for each bolt type is not the same. Effective embedment length for bent bar anchor bolts is the perpendicular distance from masonry surface to the compression bearing surface of bent end minus one bolts diameter, and effective embedment length for headed anchor bolt is measured from masonry surface perpendicular to the compression bearing surface of the anchor bolt head. Effective embedment length for both headed anchor bent bar anchor bolt and headed anchor bolts are illustrated in Figure-8 and Figure-9 respectively.

Fig.8: Effective Embedment Length of Bent Bar Anchorage

Fig.9: Effective Embedment Length for Headed Anchor Bolts

The ACI 530.1-11 states that, the minimum effective embedment length need to be greater than 50.8mm or four times the diameter of the bolt disregard of the type of anchor bolt and type of the load which includes shear, axial tension, or combined axial tension and shear. The minimum effective embedment length is specified depend on the method by which anchor bolts are installed in the grouts of masonry.

Factors Affecting Strength of Anchor Bolt in Masonry Structures

There are several factors that influence the anchor bolt strength used in masonry structure and these factors are stated below: Read More: Masonry Reinforcement and Accessory Metals for Masonry Wall Construction Types of Bonds in Brick Masonry Wall Construction and their Uses Design of Unreinforced Masonry Structures as per ACI 530.1-11
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