Volume 16, Issue 6 (November 1988)

    Predicting the Durability of Bricks

    (Received 8 December 1987; accepted 27 May 1988)


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    The pore size distributions of approximately 80 bricks removed from walls of existing buildings were measured using mercury intrusion. These distributions were used to calculate a Durability Factor using the method of Maage. This Durability Factor was then correlated with the observed performance of the bricks on the buildings. It was found that all bricks with a Durability Factor greater than 70 exhibited no freeze/thaw durability problems. Further, with very few exceptions, all bricks with a Durability Factor less than 70 were suffering freeze/thaw failures. This technique is more accurate and faster for selecting potentially durable bricks than the current use of absorption measurements.

    Author Information:

    Winslow, DN
    School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

    Kilgour, CL
    School of Civil Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    Crooks, RW
    Arsee Engineers, Noblesville, IN

    Stock #: JTE11271J

    ISSN: 0090-3973

    DOI: 10.1520/JTE11271J

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    Title Predicting the Durability of Bricks
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee C15