Comparing Masonry Compressive Strength in Various Codes


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Title: Comparing Masonry Compressive Strength in Various Codes

Author(s): Yasser Korany and John Glanville

Publication: Concrete International

Volume: 27

Issue: 7

Appears on pages(s): 35-39

Keywords: masonry compressive strength; prism testing; concrete masonry units; brick masonry units

Date: 7/1/2005

This article compares the American, Canadian, British, and Australian masonry code philosophies and test methods for determining the compressive strength of masonry. Compressive strength tests of concrete and brick masonry prisms were conducted using each country’s test methods. The test values are compared to tabulated code values to demonstrate the need for further research to improve the estimate of masonry compressive strength based on unit strength and type of mortar.