I am a structural engineer working on a project in Southern California. We are creating specifications for the use of shotcrete for basement walls. However, I cannot find any information on compressive strength requirements for shotcrete in the building code. We are basing our design on compressive strengths ranging from 3500 to 4500 psi. Are there minimum and maximum allowable compressive strengths for shotcrete?
To the best of our knowledge, there is no maximum compressive strength limitation. The minimum compressive strength would be dictated by your structural calculations as it would be with any structural concrete design. The most common compressive strength specifically encountered by ASA members in your area is a minimum of 4000 psi at 28 days.
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