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Old “alternate design method”.  Do you mean working stress design?


Gary W. Loomis, P.E., Senior Structural Engineering

Master Engineers and Designers, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Bessley [mailto:jbessley(--nospam--at)]
: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 4:45 PM
Subject: Alternate design method


I have to look at a wall section using the old "alternate design method" in concrete.  The wall section will have both lateral and axial loads.  It has been a very long time since I used this method, if ever.  does anybody out there have an example that I can get from you that will explain the process.  The "99 ACI code uses strength design with different phi and load factors, which have me confused. 

Any help would be appreciated.
Jim B.