Testing of Ceramics in Construction

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This comprehensive guide deals with the testing of the main ceramic elements used in the construction industry. Standard tests on fundamental products such as bricks, tiles and pipes are described and how these translate into practical procedures. This is a thorough treatment of European practice which finds acceptance worldwide.

Chapters covering larger elements such as walls, full scale tests, as well as model and accelerated testing, are included. Tests concentrate mainly on new products or structures and techniques for dealing with the performance and condition of existing structures are included. Codes and Standards by which brick masonry is designed are described. The future role of test method development using IT is discussed with its associated potential benefits.

Testing of Ceramics in Construction will be of considerable practical value to consulting engineers and designers, civil and structural engineers, manufacturers, contractors and test house personnel on the international scene. It will also form a useful reference for architects, chartered surveyors and students in all these disciplines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781870325431
  • Publisher: Whittles Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Series: Testing in Construction Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Materials testing 6
General 6
Standard tests on masonry units 17
Compressive strength
Water absorption
Soluble salts
Moisture expansion
Frost resistance tests on clay masonry units
Standard tests on clay pavers 43
Modulus of rupture
Slip and skid resistance
Frost resistance tests on clay pavers
Standard tests on wall, floor and roofing tiles 70
The European testing systems for wall and floor tiles
Tile tests
Test limitations
The ISO testing system for tiles
Slip resistance
Inclined platform
Other factors
Clay roofing tiles
Standard tests on vitrified clay pipes 83
Crushing strength test
Bending moment resistance test
Fatigue strength
Abrasion resistance
Chemical resistance
Standard tests on hollow clay pot flooring 91
Punching bending test
Longitudinal compression test
Moisture expansion
Fracture energy
Other tests 95
Thermal expansion
Tensile testing
3 Element testing 105
Compressive strength 105
Specimen format
Construction of test specimens and test procedure
Flexural strength 110
Specimen format
Construction of specimens and test procedure
Shear strength 114
Specimen format
Construction of test specimens and test procedure
Application of results
Brickwork containing sheet damp-proof course materials
Bond strength testing 119
Direct tension testing
Flexural tension testing
Bond wrench structural principles
Bond wrench calibration procedure
Variability of bond wrench measurements
Test specimens and apparatus
Testing of in situ masonry: method of use
Reporting bond wrench results for in situ tests
4 Prototype testing 139
5 Full scale testing 150
Wall testing 150
Testing machines
Construction of test specimen and test procedure
Lateral load
Construction of walls and test procedure
Tests on shear walls
Reinforced and prestressed masonry testing 164
Flexure and shear
Racking shear
Prestressed brickwork
Bed joint reinforcement
Arch bridges 172
Explosions 181
Fire resistance of brickwork 185
Development of fire testing methods
Practical testing and performance of clay brickwork
Legislation, application of test data, regulatory requirements
Future developments
Impact testing 198
Vehicle impact testing
Development of laboratory test arrangement
Teesside wall test arrangement
Initial test programme
6 Model testing 215
7 Accelerated testing 219
Rain penetration testing: Laboratory and on site 219
Laboratory testing
Site testing
Water testing pipelines and manholes 224
8 Long-term testing 228
Creep testing 228
Definition of terms
Measurement of creep
Measurement of strain
Experimental procedures
9 Appraisal of existing materials 238
Structural testing 238
Flat jack testing 247
Applications in masonry
Why measure stress or elastic behaviour?
The principle
Determination of the effective area of flat jacks
Calibration of flat jacks
Procedure for measurement of stress in situ using flat jacks
Procedure for measurement of stress-strain behaviour in situ using flat jacks
Pull-out, penetration and impact hammer tests 258
Individual test methods
10 Codes and standards 265
11 Future developments 270
Index 273
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