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The design of free-standing masonry walls Mr A. Aiken of Glasgow writes concerning an anomaly he sees in the treatment of the stiffening effect of piers on free-standing walls in BS5628: Structural use of masonry: Part 1: 1978 (1985): Clause 36.5.3 states that the design moment of resistance across the bed joints is given by (fkX/Ym + gd) x Z where ‘Z is the section modulus, which may take into account any variation on the plan arrangement, e.g. . . . piers . . .’ Verulam