The use of self-consolidating grout in reinforced masonry construction provides various advantages such as reduced labor, faster construction, decreased noise pollution and better structural response. This is a relatively new building material however, and little research on self-consolidating grout's structural properties has been conducted. The purpose of this study was to analyze the performance or bond capacity of steel reinforcing bar splices in masonry with self-consolidating grout. Twelve masonry panels approximately 40 in. wide and 32 in. tall consisting of Type S mortar and concrete masonry units grouted with self-consolidating grout and No. 5 steel reinforcing bars were constructed with splice lengths as prescribed by the current design equation and splices that were slightly shorter. Test Group 1 consisted of six reinforced masonry panels with the code required lap length while Test Groups 2 and 3 had splices two and four inches shorter, respectively. The lap-splices were tested in pure tension to determine if they would fully develop the code mandated stress of 125% of the specified yield strength of the reinforcing bars. More samples were tested with the code required development length to verify if the current provision is adequate for design and the other two groups were used to explore if the required capacity could be achieved with shorter splices. All lap-splices developed the minimum required stress, even those with splices shorter than required by the design equation. For masonry with self-consolidating grout containing No. 5 bars in the specific configurations tested, the current design equation was shown to be adequate for calculating development length. Testing indicates that a reduction in required splice length for masonry with self-consolidating grout is possible.



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Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Civil and Environmental Engineering



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self-consolidating grout, development length, masonry