Standard Active Last Updated: Jun 13, 2019
ASTM C1717-19

Standard Test Methods for Conducting Strength Tests of Masonry Wall Panels

Significance and Use

4.1 The test methods described in this standard are intended for use as a starting point in developing specific testing protocols for masonry elements.

4.1.1 The testing protocols could be used for general research on the load-deflection behavior of masonry elements.

4.1.2 The testing protocols could be used for qualification of masonry elements and materials by evaluation services and other parties.

4.1.3 The test methods described in this standard are general, and are intended to be adaptable to address a wide range of anticipated support and loading conditions.

4.2 How the test results are interpreted will depend on the intended use of the masonry element being tested.


1.1 These test methods cover methods for determining the strength and load-deflection characteristics of masonry wall elements.

1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.3 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.

1.4 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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 04.05
Developed by Subcommittee: C15.04
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.1520/C1717-19
ICS Code: 91.060.10