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So, bottom line, Steve, you don't know whether the CMU wall failures were 
due to lack of development length of the rebar. Right?

T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA 2607)
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-----Original Message-----
From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On 
Behalf Of Steve Gordin Sent: Friday, October 31, 2014 10:28 AM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] CMU rebar splice


There were a more than one reason for these failures (one being some cells 
with rebars not grouted at all :)). I did not investigate the relevance of 
these failures to the splice lap length, but would assume that these were 
inadequate as well.

There was even a study (it is in the Northridge conference materials) 
correlating the direction and extent of CMU property wall failures with the 
 direction and strength of the seismic forces.

I also do remember inspecting a Kmart in Northridge when an aftershock 
happened and the roof and the CMU walls started falling down.  But this was 
 more of a cross-grain shear issue, I guess.


V. Steve Gordin PhD
Licensed Structural Engineer

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