Axial compression tests on masonry walls and prisms

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ConferenceProceedings of the Third North American Masonry Conference: 03 June 1985, Arlington, Texas, U.S.A.
Subjectaxial loads; masonry products; compressive strength; prismatic shape; axial compressive loads; pressed clay brick; extruded clay brick; extruded hollow clay block; hollow concrete block; compressive strength; compressive modulus; Masony walls
AbstractShort walls and prisms have been tested under axial compressive load using four types of masonry units: a pressed clay brick, an extruded clay brick, an extruded hollow clay block, and a hollow concrete block. The tests were designed to provide information on compressive strength and compressive modulus of both small (prisms) and large ( walls) specimens and to act as a spot check on tabular values relating masonry to unit compressive strength. They confirm that masonry prisms may be used for determining basic compressive strength if proper test procedures are followed. Areas needing further investigation include the effect of moisture on the strength of concrete blocks and the strength of eccentrically loaded face-shell mortar- bedded hollow blockwork.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number24710
NPARC number20374748
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