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Monthly Archives: June 2018

How do I properly design anchor bolts in concrete masonry construction?

June 11, 2018

From NCMA's eNews June 7, 2018 Anchor bolts can be designed either through allowable stress design or strength design, both detailed in TMS 402. Information on how to perform this design can be found in NCMA TEK 12-3C,Design of Anchor Bolts in Concrete Masonry. NCMA also has a companion spreadsheet for performing design calculations that…
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Safety in release with CMU

June 9, 2018

From NCMA's eNews June 7, 2018 The Day Reporting Center is a public safety facility that is intended to help people get their lives back on track after release from custody. Its CMU units consist of a repeating pattern made up of 3 separate colors, each with a ground face and split faced finish. However,…
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Aerogel Bricks Promise Outstanding Insulation

June 5, 2018

From TMS's Sustainability E-News May 31, 2018 Bricks with internal insulation already are making headway in construction, but Swiss researchers say they have an even better solution in the form of bricks infused with aerogel. Aerogel is a manufactured, gel-based substance that contains tiny, insulating bubbles. Read more here. (Editor's note: these are not bricks…
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NIST says cross-laminated timber needs more fire research

June 5, 2018

From NCMA's eNews May 31, 2018 A recent workshop on fire properties of materials concluded cross-laminated timber (CLT) and insulation applied to the exteriors of high-rise buildings are among the materials most in need of urgent research and development. Organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the fire workshop brought together key…
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