Compressive strength testing of earth mortars

Givanildo Azeredo, Jean Claude Morel, Normando Perazzo Barbosa

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This paper discusses the compressive strength of earth mortars. The goal is to use these mortars for masonry construction. Although it is necessary to study the whole masonry behaviour, the scope of this paper refers to the mortar only, without taking into account the blocks. As with other masonry units, compressive strength is a basic measure of quality for masonry mortars. However, there is a great variety of methodology for determining their parameters and properties, such as different samples geometry, the way strains are measured and also the platen restraint effect adopted. The present paper outlines certain experimental devices used to determine compressive strength of earth mortars and tries to show their influence on the properties determined. Proposals for the future development of testing earth mortars are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-35
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Urban and Environmental Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Compressive strength
  • Constitutive law
  • Earth mortar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Urban Studies


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