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The Masonry System - CMU + Steel + Mortar + Grout

Masonry buildings require an entire system of components, including:

  • Concrete Masonry Units (CMU), which serve as a “stay-in-place-form” and offer a high degree of compressive strength to the wall assembly;

  • Cementitious Mortar, which binds the CMU together and serves as roughly 7% of the finished wall surface area;

  • Steel Reinforcing, which provides a high tensile strength to the wall assembly;

  • Cementitious Grout, which serves to bind the tensile strength of the steel reinforcement to the compressive strength of the CMU.

All of the components involved in a concrete masonry wall are thoroughly covered in the 2015 Design of Reinforced Masonry Structures (DORMS) publication. An abbreviated version, (from the 2012 DORMS), can be viewed HERE.
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