Lab 1- Construction of Masonry Wall and Prisms


Masonry Wall Initial Rate of Absorption Mixing Mortar Mortar Workability Mortar Air Content Prism Construction


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The objectives of this laboratory are to have students observe masonry construction and repeat the following laboratory tests and other operations involving masonry:

  • Construct a masonry mini-wall of clay masonry units
  • Determination of Initial Rate of Absorption (IRA) for clay unit using simplified method
  • Masonry mortar proportioning, batching, and mixing (PCL and MC mortar)
  • Measure mortar workability by flow table
  • Measure mortar air content by pressure-meter method
  • Construct prisms for subsequent compression and bond wrench testing
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