Lintels for Masonry Walls - 1 LU/HSW

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time)

Presented by: FORSE Consulting

Masonry lintel design is a critical part of an efficient structural masonry solution. The design of masonry lintels can add significant capacity to a building’s structural design. The introduction of steel can create differential movement between steel and concrete masonry units that leads to cracking where the lintel and jamb intersect. When masonry structural walls are comprised of similar materials, these cracks can be minimized. In the past, we have made assumptions to simplify the analysis of masonry lintels. Today, we have software tools that engineers can use to analyze complex integrated masonry lintels. We will be demonstrating the construction of several different types of masonry lintels. Engineers, architects, and contractors can see firsthand how different design problems are being solved with masonry lintels.

Learning Objectives:

  • Investigate fundamental features of lintels for structural masonry walls.
  • Identify various behaviors of lintels with openings in structural masonry walls.
  • Discover the benefits of modeling structural masonry walls with finite element software.
  • Explore ways to achieve high performance masonry lintels through practical design strategies.


About the Speaker

Cathleen Jacinto, PE, SE

Structural Engineer, FORSE Consulting

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Cathleen has 20 years of experience in the design industry as a structural engineer. Cathleen collaborated on a variety of building design projects while at Thornton Tomasetti and T.Y. Lin International in Chicago, Illinois, from small to large-scale project types in healthcare, aviation, commercial, infrastructure, cultural, and steel connection design located in the U.S. and abroad. Since joining FORSE in May 2015, Cathleen provides structural engineering design and modeling services in collaboration with other structural engineering firms and contributes to FORSE’s designs, seminars, and publications. She serves as a technical consultant to the Masonry Advisory Council. One topic Cathleen highlights is structural masonry analysis and design. Cathleen also served as an Adjunct Lecturer for Design of Masonry Structures course at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Cathleen has a Professional Masters in Structural Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is a licensed Structural Engineer (SE) and Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Illinois.

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