Frost damage to clay brick in a loadbearing masonry building

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TypeArticle
Journal titleCanadian Journal of Civil Engineering
ISSN0315-1468
Volume20
Pages247253; # of pages: 7
SubjectMasonry; Frost Effects; Brick; Masonry; Maçonnerie; Effets du gel
AbstractFrost damage in the exterior, load bearing, clay brick walls of two 5-storey apartment buildings could have seriously affected their load bearing capacity if left unchecked. A coating applied to the exterior had not stopped further damage from occurring. This paper describes the work to determine the cause of the damage. The work included a condition survey, tests on the brick, and monitoring temperature and moisture levels in a section of the wall. Bricks on an easterly exposure suffered the most damage. The cause was traced to poor quality bricks combined with water infiltration mainly from rain. Remedial measures included cladding the exterior of the brickwork with an insulated siding and replacing severely damaged bricks.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
IdentifierIRC-P-3312
NRC number36065
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NPARC number20374137
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Record identifierc0210f97-cc8a-4d31-80d9-bbc4748e3ea5
Record created2012-07-23
Record modified2016-05-09
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