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Flexural bond strength of masonry using various blocks and mortars

Rao, Venu Madhava K and Reddy, Venkatarama BV and Jagadish, KS (1996) Flexural bond strength of masonry using various blocks and mortars. In: Materials and Structures / Materiaux et Constructions, 29 (186). pp. 119-124.

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Abstract

This paper deals with an experimental study on flexural bond strength of masonry using various blocks in combination with different mortars. Flexural bond strength of masonry has been determined by testing stack-bonded prisms using a modified bond wrench test set-up. The effect of mortar composition and strength on the masonry's. flexural bond strength using three types of masonry units (stabilized mud blocks, stabilized soil-sand blocks and burnt brick) has been examined. The effect of the masonry unit's moisture content on flexural bond strength has also been studied. Increases in mortar strength lead to increased flexural bond strength for cement mortar, irrespective of the type of masonry unit. It has been found that combination mortars, such as soil-cement mortar and cement-lime mortar, lead to better bond strength compared to cement mortars. The moisture content of the masonry unit at the time of casting has displayed significant influence on the flexural bond strength of the masonry. It has been found that for each type of masonry unit, an optimum moisture content exists, beyond which the flexural bond strength falls off quickly.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
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Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2011 05:19
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2011 05:19
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/37189

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