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RCC structures and load bearing walls

  1. Nov 2, 2013 #1


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    In modern buildings (I'm talking about taller structures, apartments, etc. not houses) that have a reinforced concrete framework are the internal / external walls (usually brick, masonry etc.) ever load bearing?

    In the sense is the strength / integrity of the structure ever depending or taking credit for the walls? Just curious.

    Looking at the way they are constructed, i.e. RCC framework & then later walls it doesn't seem like walls are essential to structural integrity but that's just a naive observation.

    Or is there no typical case and every building is a different situation.
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  3. Nov 5, 2013 #2


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    Hanging walls must be hung from an internal structure. A building should be secure, even if the cladding is removed and changed.
    Heavy external walls must be capable of carrying their own mass safely.
    Where external walls carry the mass of higher floors and walls they are designed to be thicker and stronger as they are then an essential part of the structure.
  4. Nov 10, 2013 #3
    The use of RCC framed structure is unnecessarily propagated by people with vested interests like Steel manufacturers,Cement manufacturers etc.History shows that LOAD BEARING buildings have stood the test of time and are still standing tall and strong even after several centuries. That too depend upon the structural designs and analysis done by the engineers and architects. But on the on the other hand RCC structures have a life span of 30 to 100 years only.For low rise buildings it's always better to go with Load bearing construction.
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