Allowable Stress Design vs. Strength Design – A Masonry Cage Fight
by Richard Bennett, Ph.D., P.E.
February 24, 2022; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Pacific TimeSmall Business System Requirements FAQ Register
ICC Preferred Provider Course Number: 15640
The TMS 402, Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures, has two design methods: allowable stress design (ASD) and strength design (SD). This presentation will compare the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of each design method, with the comparison being made through examples. Examples will include beams, pilasters, bearing walls, and shear walls. Both ease of design and amount of required reinforcement will be considered. Design tips and shortcuts will be provided for both methods.
Richard Bennett, Ph.D, P.E. is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee. He is a Fellow of The Masonry Society. He is a member of ASTM C12 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry, and ASTM C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units. Dr. Bennett has been very active in the TMS 402 Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures Committee. He has chaired the Flexural, Axial Loads, and Shear subcommittee and served as the vice-chair of the 2013 Main Committee. Dr. Bennett was the chair of the Main Committee for the 2016 402/602 code. He is currently 2nd vice chair for the 2022 code committee.
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