Brick Test Grand Rapids MI

I have received test data from the manufacturer of the brick I selected for a new building. How do I read the test data? What is important and what isn't important? There are several items that I would examine on the brick test data in Grand Rapids.

Draper Group
(616) 304-9332
124 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Van Houten Masonry Inc
(616) 364-4140
3755 4 Mile Rd Ne
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Milhiem Masonry
(616) 485-3740
1102 4th St Nw
Grand Rapids, MI
 
A -1 Discount Chimney Sweeps
(616) 241-4336
3261 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Lockhart Masonry
(810) 715-1705
4101 Pengelly Rd
Flint, MI
 
Westerhof Masonry Llc
(616) 364-6424
2427 Valentine Blvd Ne
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Stillson Masonry
(616) 454-7540
1227 Houseman Ave Ne
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Masonry Aesthetics Group
(616) 742-9970
1350 Scribner Ave Nw
Grand Rapids, MI
 
City Basement
(616) 249-0899
1260 44th St Se
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Giannola Masonry Co
(586) 792-2070
35086 Cordelia St
Clinton Township, MI
 

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Source: MASONRY CONSTRUCTION MAGAZINE
Publication date: April 1, 1994

I have received test data from the manufacturer of the brick I selected for a new building. How do I read the test data? What is important and what isn't important? There are several items that I would examine on the brick test data. In freeze/thaw environments the units should be Grade SW. A Grade SW brick must have an average maximum cold water absorption of 17% with a maximum individual value of 20%. The maximum average saturation coefficient is 0.78 with the maximum individual value of 0.80. Saturation coefficient is sometimes referred to as C/B because it represents the ratio of the cold water absorption divided by the absorption after 5 hours of boiling. In areas not normally subjected to freeze/thaw deterioration, Grade MW bricks can be used. The above values are increased for MW brick to an average maximum absorption of 22% and maximum individual value of 25% and an average maximum saturation coefficient of 0.88 and a maximum individual value of 0.90. The saturation coefficient can be waived if the average cold water absorption is less than 8% with at most one unit between 8% to 10%. The requirements for both water absorption and saturation coefficient can be waived if the units pass the freezing and thawing test described in ASTM C 67.Minimum compressive strength values also are set for durability.

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