Compressive strength testing of compressed earth blocks

Jean Claude Morel, Abalo Pkla, Peter Walker

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As with other masonry units, compressive strength is a basic measure of quality for compressed earth blocks. However, as compressed earth blocks are produced in a great variety of sizes the influence of block geometry on measured strength, primarily through platen restraint effects, must be taken into account. The paper outlines current methodologies used to determine compressive strength of compressed earth blocks, including direct testing, the RILEM test and indirect flexural strength testing. The influence of block geometry (aspect ratio), test procedure and basic material parameters (dry density, cement content, moisture content) are also discussed. Proposals for the future development of compressive strength testing of compressed earth blocks are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-309
Number of pages7
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Aspect ratio
  • Compressed earth blocks
  • Compressive strength testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)


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