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What is Compressive strength of brick masonry?A wall or column carrying a compressive load behaves like any other strut, and its load bearing capacity depends on the compressive strength of the materials, the cross-sectional area and the geometrical properties as expressed by the slenderness ratio .
The compressive strength of a wall depends on the strength of the units used, the bricks or blocks, and the mortar. The assessment of the combined strength of the elements will also be affected by the degree of quality control exercised in manufacture and construction. The slenderness ratio, in turn, depends upon the effective height (or length) and the effective thickness of the wall or column.