ASTM C1006 / C1006M - 19

    Standard Test Method for Splitting Tensile Strength of Masonry Units

    Active Standard ASTM C1006 / C1006M | Developed by Subcommittee: C15.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.05


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Masonry units alone and within assemblages commonly fail in a tensile mode when loaded in compression to failure. These tensile stresses result from differences in modulus of elasticity and Poisson's ratio between the masonry unit and mortar. Additionally, the dissimilarity in behavior of the grout within cores of masonry units under load leads to tensile stresses in the units and results in a splitting failure.

    5.2 This test method produces a line load along the bed surface of the masonry unit. The compressive load applied to the unit, imposed by means of bearing rods, results in a tensile stress distributed over the height of the unit for the split length of the unit. This test method can be conducted with the rod oriented either in the longitudinal direction or in the transverse direction of the bed face. The splitting tensile strength is calculated by the equation given in 10.1.

    5.3 The test value provides an indicator of masonry-unit splitting tensile strength. Additionally, the presence of defects such as visible voids or impurities in masonry units may be revealed.

    5.4 The moisture content of the specimen will affect test results.

    5.5 The height of the specimen will affect test results.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the splitting tensile strength of masonry units.

    1.2 Units—The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.

    1.3 The text of this standard references notes and footnotes that provide explanatory material. These notes and footnotes (excluding those in tables and figures) shall not be considered as requirements of the standard.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    C1232 Terminology for Masonry

    C1552 Practice for Capping Concrete Masonry Units, Related Units and Masonry Prisms for Compression Testing

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.100.15 (Mineral materials and products)

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    DOI: 10.1520/C1006_C1006M-19

    Citation Format

    ASTM C1006 / C1006M-19, Standard Test Method for Splitting Tensile Strength of Masonry Units, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019, www.astm.org

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