This paper details the planning of the next step of an ongoing project within the University of Queensland’s Civil Engineering Department to demonstrate that the Masonry Code, AS3700, is too conservative when it comes to designing with the Smart Masonry System.
Previous work has been carried out by Paul Stubbs and Daniel England (2001) on the Smart Masonry block, and this project seeks to continue this work.
In particular, the current step in the testing regime will to determine the:
• effects of Grout Strength versus 2 different compaction methods
• effects of various unrestrained vertical reinforcement conditions on the compressive strength of a wall
Overall, 120 tests will be carried out in July of 2005, with the results to be discussed by Matt Murphy and Tom Gehrmann in their papers to be released in October.
This paper outlines the planning and preparation that went into determining the testing regime, and discusses the problems and solutions that were encountered throughout this process. Also presented is the method of analysis to be used according to AS 3700.