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WDP Staff Published in International Masonry Conference Proceedings

Joseph Eixenberger, Ph.D., P.E., Project Engineer of the Manassas Special Consulting Division, and Patrick Dillon, Ph.D., P.E., Project Engineer of the Charlottesville office, published papers as part of the proceedings for the 10th International Masonry Conference held from July 9 - 11, 2018 in Milan, Italy.  Joe's paper was titled "Finite Element Model of Dry-Stack Masonry Shear Walls" and describes a finite element model that can be used to predict the in-plane capacity and behavior of dry-stack masonry walls with surface bond.  Patrick's paper was co-authored with Fernando Fonseca of Brigham Young University and was titled "Strut-and-Tie Models for Masonry Walls with Openings."  His paper presents ongoing research that has the objective to develop strut-and-tie modelling procedures for masonry, and the presented methodology uses the existing strut-and-tie guidelines for reinforced concrete as starting point and applies that methodology to the modelling of several masonry shear walls with openings.