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This specification pertains to admixtures for masonry mortars. Admixtures are substances other than the prescribed materials of water, aggregate, and cementitious materials that are used to improve one or more of the recognized desirable properties of conventional masonry mortar. Admixtures are classified by their effect on the performance characteristics of conventional masonry mortars. Admixed mortars are classified by their modified properties, as compared to a reference mortar. The following classifications are recognized: bond enhancer, workability enhancer, set accelerator, set retarder, and water repellent. The materials to be used include Portland cement, hydraulic cement, blended hydraulic cement, masonry cement, mortar cement, lime, and sand. Different test methods shall be implemented in order to determine the following properties: soluble chloride content, compressive strength, water retention, air content of plastic mortar, board life, time of setting, flexural bond strength, and rate of water absorption.
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1.1 This specification pertains to admixtures for masonry mortars. Admixtures are substances other than Specification prescribed materials of water, aggregate, and cementitious materials that are used to improve one or more of the recognized desirable properties of conventional masonry mortar.
1.2 This specification does not cover coloring pigments.
Note 1: Information on coloring pigments can be found in Specification .
1.3 This specification does not cover additives that are added to the cementitious materials during the manufacture of the cementitious materials.
1.4 Acceptance of an admixture is based on its performance in an admixed mortar. Acceptance of the admixed masonry mortar is based on attainment of performance either equivalent to that required for conventional mortar or improved performance of one or more indicated properties, while maintaining required performance levels for other properties.
1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
Note 2: The testing laboratory performing the test methods referenced in this specification should be evaluated in accordance with Practice .
1.6 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.
C91 Specification for Masonry Cement
C144 Specification for Aggregate for Masonry Mortar
C150 Specification for Portland Cement
C207 Specification for Hydrated Lime for Masonry Purposes
C270 Specification for Mortar for Unit Masonry
C305 Practice for Mechanical Mixing of Hydraulic Cement Pastes and Mortars of Plastic Consistency
C403/C403M Test Method for Time of Setting of Concrete Mixtures by Penetration Resistance
C595 Specification for Blended Hydraulic Cements
C723 Practice for Chemical-Resistant Resin Grouts for Brick or Tile
C778 Specification for Standard Sand
C780 Test Method for Preconstruction and Construction Evaluation of Mortars for Plain and Reinforced Unit Masonry
C979 Specification for Pigments for Integrally Colored Concrete
C1072 Test Methods for Measurement of Masonry Flexural Bond Strength
C1093 Practice for Accreditation of Testing Agencies for Masonry
C1152/C1152M Test Method for Acid-Soluble Chloride in Mortar and Concrete
C1157 Performance Specification for Hydraulic Cement
C1180 Terminology of Mortar and Grout for Unit Masonry
C1218/C1218M Test Method for Water-Soluble Chloride in Mortar and Concrete
C1329 Specification for Mortar Cement
C1403 Test Method for Rate of Water Absorption of Masonry Mortars
C1437 Test Method for Flow of Hydraulic Cement Mortar
ICS Number Code 91.100.10 (Cement. Gypsum. Lime. Mortar)
UNSPSC Code 30111500(Concrete and mortars)
UNSPSC Code 30111504(Mortars)
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