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    Masonry Cracks: A Review of the Literature

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    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.


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

    Author Information:

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

    Committee/Subcommittee: C15.04

    DOI: 10.1520/STP27272S