STP992: Masonry Cracks: A Review of the Literature

    Grimm, CT
    Consulting architectural engineer and senior lecturer in architectural engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

    Pages: 24    Published: Jan 1988


    Abstract

    Masonry surface cracks are objectionable because they are the primary source of water permeance and may be aesthetically displeasing or indicative of structural distress. Cracks are the most frequent cause for masonry's failure to perform as intended. The types, locations, patterns, sizes, and causes of cracks are discussed. Methods are described for their prevention and repair.

    Keywords:

    block (concrete), bricks, corrosion, cracks, expansion, failure, inspection, masonry, motar, movement (structural), repair, sealants, shrinkage, strain


    Paper ID: STP27272S

    Committee/Subcommittee: C15.04

    DOI: 10.1520/STP27272S


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