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ASTM C1072

2013 Edition, April 15, 2013

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Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Masonry Flexural Bond Strength

Includes all amendments and changes through Editorial Change 1, March 2014

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  • Revision: 2013 Edition, April 15, 2013
  • Published Date: March 2014
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: ASTM International (ASTM)
  • Page Count: 19
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: Yes

Description / Abstract:

These test methods evaluate the flexural bond strength, normal to the bed joints, of masonry built of manufactured masonry units. Sampling and testing procedures are referenced, and terms are defined. Three different specimen fabrication methods are specified, each for a different purpose:

The first method is the "Test Method for Laboratory-Prepared Specimens." Its purpose is to compare the bond strengths (under the given conditions) of masonry mortars. It could be used, for example, to check the quality of mortar products after production, or to indicate the bond strength (under the given conditions) of a mortar product without requiring the product to be tested in combination with many different units. It is not intended to represent field conditions. It uses standard concrete masonry units. Mortars are batched by weight equivalents of volume proportions and are mixed to a prescribed flow. Prisms are constructed using a jig and are bag-cured.

The second method is the "Test Method for Field-Prepared Specimens." Its purpose is to evaluate the bond strength (under the given conditions) of a particular unit-mortar combination, either for preconstruction evaluation of materials or for quality control purposes during construction. Mortars are batched conventionally, and the flow is not prescribed. Prisms are constructed conventionally (no jig) and are bag-cured.

The third method is the "Test Method for Prisms Removed from Existing Masonry." Its purpose is to evaluate the bond strength of unit-mortar combinations of prisms cut from existing walls.

The three methods are not consistent, nor are they intended to be. They are intended to be used for three different purposes. To make this clear, the three methods are presented separately.

Appendix X1 suggests two possible criteria for assessing the bond strength values obtained using these test methods. These possible evaluation criteria are given for illustration only and are not mandatory.

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

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 and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

*A Summary of Changes section appears at the end of this standard