The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 72 (1994) > Issues > Issue 1 > Analysis of the Compressive Strength of Masonry Given by the Equation ...
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Analysis of the Compressive Strength of Masonry Given by the Equation ...

It is proposed in EC6 "Design of masonry structures" that the characteristic compressive strength of masonry is given by the equation in the title of this paper. This equation is based mainly on the results of physical experiments conducted in many countries and is known to give satisfactory results for practical purposes. The aim of the study reported here is to critically examine the above equation from the point of view of theoretical engineering mechanics and to investigate as to which mechanical parameters describing both masonry units and mortar influence the compressive strength of structural masonry. G.N. Pande, B. Kralj and J. Middleton