I am by no means an expert in masonry design so
forgive me for my ignorance here but I have often
found the wording regarding allowable compressive
stress in masonry found in the empirical design
chapter of ACI 530 to be a bit confusing. The typical
situation that I have is a CMU wall with a beam
bearing on it. I will have a bearing plate and
specify that the CMU be grouted solid below the
bearing plate. If I have type N mortar and 1500 psi
prisim strength called out for the CMU work, what
should I be using for the allowable bearing stress?
Ken Peoples, P. E.
Lehigh Valley Technical Associates
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