Top – 6 Tests to Distinguish characteristics of bricks/blocks

Tests to distinguish blocks/bricks

The unmistakable attributes of blocks are tried to distinguish the standard or quality ones to develop a quality structure. The tests can be performed in research center and additionally on field. (Research facility tests may require some uncommon gear). Water retention test, inspecting the visual appearance of blocks, hardness test, testing the sound, analyzing the quality by pulverizing test or compressive test, testing the shade of blocks, testing the structure and size of blocks and by looking at the nearness of solvent salts – it additionally called as blossoming test.

1.Water ingestion test – Laboratory test:

As per British standard, 2 different ways of tests are accessible. One is 5hours bubbling test and other one is 24hours chilly inundation and retention under vacuum.

1.1 . 5hours bubbling/boiling  test:

It is a standard strategy. Here blocks are under completely soaked condition where are altogether pores are topped off with water.

Device that are required

Water shower, Drying broiler, research facility parity to a precision of 0.1% and 10 blocks.

Presumption on this analysis

Example will accomplish the steady mass by warming for 48hours at 110 degree Celsius. At the point when the blocks achieve 110 degree Celsius temperature, we can begin to ascertain the 48hours (some of the time it requires investment to achieve 110 degree Celsius if the blocks are wet, when put them in the broiler). Blocks ought to be orchestrated in a solitary layer and a space of 10mm ought to be kept up between the blocks and sides of the water shower.

At that point cool them to room temperature (utilizing, a ventilated room + spaces between blocks inside water shower + course of air over the water shower/fan). At the point when the blocks achieved the room temperature, their loads ought to be estimated and recorded soon as would be prudent. At that point warm the ricks to its breaking point and bubble them persistently for another 5hrs. Presently, enable the blocks to cool for room temperature normally between 16 o 19hrs. At that point take them out from water shower and wipe them utilizing a clammy material. Presently gauge their load inside a little ways from the expulsion of block from water shower.

Count recipe/Formula

Water retention = wet mass (R1) – Dry mass (R2)/Dry mass (R2) X 100

At long last, the normal of 10 blocks is gotten to get the water ingestion percent by mass. Check the above table for the evaluating of blocks relying upon their water ingestion percent by mass.

1.2. 24hours cool inundation and ingestion under vacuum:

This is a works control test and here, water to be retained into pores which are effortlessly filled under chilly condition.

Mechanical assembly that are required

Water shower, Ventilated broiler, research facility parity to a precision of 0.1% and 10 or 3 blocks

Example will achieve the steady mass by drying them in stove for more than 24hours at 110-115 degree Celsius. At that point cool them to room temperature and keep up 24 ± 8 degree Celsius, stickiness of 30 – 70% for about 60 minutes. Record their loads by estimating to an exactness of 0.1%. Presently drench the blocks in clean water at a temperature of 15-30 degree Celsius for 24 hrs. At that point take them out and wipe them with clammy material. Presently gauge their load inside a short ways from the expulsion of block from water shower.

Figuring recipe/Formula:

Water ingestion = wet mass – Dry mass/Dry mass X 100

2. Compressive Strength Lab Test as per British standard

Mechanical assembly required

Pressure Testing Machine, Cube Tank Vernier Calipers, Plywood Packing Material in any event 5mm bigger than the squares and 10 blocks.

Ten blocks are estimated separately utilizing Vernieer Calipers at the mid-purposes of the block to decide their width and length. The estimations are recorded to the closest millimeter.

(The blocks are inspected to decide if they are cell, frogged or punctured. Before testing can continue they should initially be set up as pursues:- Solid blocks, blocks with frog expected to be laid downwards, punctured blocks, cell blocks:- All the ten blocks will be soaked by putting them in the shape tanks for 24 hours. Blocks with a solitary frog planned to be laid frog upwards:- The blocks are submerged in the 3D square tank for at the very least 24 hours to accomplish immersion. They are then expelled from the tank and permitted to deplete for at the very least 5 minutes and got dry to accomplish an immersed surface dried condition. A mortar is set up by blending launder cementing sand and other fast solidifying bond in the extent 1:3 (concrete : sand) adding adequate water to create a rich useful consistency).

compression-test.jpgThe mortar is connected to the frogs as to guaranteeing the whole void is filled and the last surface is flush with the edge of the block. At that point the blocks are laid on the floor of the research center for 24 hrs and secured utilizing soggy sacking or polythene. All blocks are dealt with likewise from there on blocks are drenched in water tank for 3 days. After the submersion time frame every one of the blocks will be expelled from the 3D shape tanks, permitted to deplete and the frog mortar checked for shrinkage, splits and pits. Any blocks indicating such imperfections will be dismissed and further blocks arranged. Bits of pressed wood will be set up in which the extent of arranged compressed wood ought not surpass the measure of block. Two bits of compressed wood will be set symmetrically above and underneath every block example. At that point put them between the plates of pressure testing machine. (New arrangement of pressed wood ought to be utilized for every block). The heap is connected to the examples by utilizing the pressure analyzer in the manual mode at a pace rate not surpassing 35N/mm2/min up to a large portion of the foreseen most extreme load. From that point the rate is easily changed to 15N/mm2/min and this kept up until the point when disappointment is demonstrated by a drop in connected load and stress splits show up in the block.


Record the most extreme load (in N) conveyed by the example amid the test. Acquire the quality of every example by partitioning the most extreme load gotten by the proper region of the bed confront. The normal of 10 blocks is gotten as compressive quality of block.

NOTE: It is important to alter the controls of the machine persistently and easily to keep up a steady rate of stacking.

3. Blossoming/Efflorescence test in blocks/Bricks:

Contraption that are required

A shallow level base porcelain dish containing adequate refined water to totally immerse the examples


Place the finish of the blocks in the dish, the profundity of drenching in water being 25 mm. Place the entire course of action in a warm ( for instance, 20 to 30°C ) very much ventilated room until all the water in the dish is consumed by the examples and the surplus water vanishes. Cover the dish containing the block with reasonable glass chamber to ensure inordinate dissipation from the dish may not happen. At the point when the water has been assimilated and blocks give off an impression of being dry, put a comparative amount of water in the dish and enable it to dissipate as previously. Inspect the blocks for blooming after the second dissipation and report the outcomes.

Efflorescence test in bricks.jpg

The risk to blooming will be accounted for as,

  • Nil – When there is no discernible store of blooming.
  • SIiglt – When not in excess of 10 percent of the uncovered zone of the block is secured with a thin store of salts.
  • Moderate – When there is a heavier store than under ‘slight’ and concealing to 50 percent of the uncovered territory of the block surface however unaccompanied by powdering or chipping of the surface.
  • Substantial – When there is an overwhelming store of salts covering 50 percent or a greater amount of the uncovered region of the block surface however unaccompanied by powdering or chipping of the surface.
  • Genuine – When there is an overwhelming store of salts went with powdering and chipping of the uncovered surfaces.
  • Looking at the visual appearance of blocks, testing the shade of blocks and testing the structure and size of blocks
  • In this test blocks are organized as reference board and test board. Utilizing almost 100 block appearances of normal blocks that are arbitrarily chosen, a board is raised. The board ought to be erect as to withstand with climate and some other harms. The example board additionally erect utilizing affirmed blocks in a similar way. At that point the two boards should see from same separation not surpassing 3m. (Can’t close from this way yet reasonable for field fast testing).

4. Dimensional resistance

Twenty blocks are chosen indiscriminately to check estimation of length, width and stature. These measurements are to be estimated in a couple of loads of ten each. Variety in measurements are permitted just inside tight points of confinement, ±3% for class one and ±8% for different classes.

5. Hardness test

Hardness testIn this test, a scratch is made on block surface with the assistance of a finger nail. On the off chance that no impression is left at first glance, block is treated as to be adequately hard.



6. Testing the Sound

Two blocks are taken, one in each hand, and they are hit with one another gently. A block of good quality ought not break and an unmistakable ringing sound ought to be created.



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