What does "Mortar Joint" mean if using "Masonry" as a material with the standard EN 1996‑1‑1?


A mortar joint is available when the bricks of a wall are not laid on one but on two mortar strips. 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 take into account the restrictions in the ultimate limit state as the unfavorable stress diagrams occur in the wall.

Whether to apply the mortar joint in a European country is governed by the respective National Annex. The German National Annex does not alllow to use the mortar joint for the masonry construction. Therefore, in Germany, bed joints must always be mortared over the entire surface.


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