What does 'Mortar Joint' mean if using 'Masonry' as material with the standard 1996-1-1?


A mortar joint is applied when the bricks of a wall are not laid on one mortar strip but on two. In this case, the mortar has to be applied to the outer edges of the support surfaces of the bricks. By using a mortar joint, it is necessary to consider restrictions in the ultimate limit state, because unfavorable stress gradients occur in the wall.

The application of the mortar joint is governed by the current version of the National Annex in each European country. In the German National Annex, the construction of masonry by a mortar joint is not allowed. In Germany, the interstices of support have to be mortared over the entire surface each time.


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