Masonry Testing

Nelson Testing Laboratories supports masonry-related material manufacturers and suppliers by evaluating and confirming product performance through independent testing standards. AASHTO (AMRL) and CCRL (ASTM) accredit Nelson Testing Laboratories according to ASTM C1093 specifically for providing masonry testing services. Hundreds of test methods from ASTM and other testing-related entities are performed by Nelson Testing Laboratories each year. Below is a list of product types we currently test along with an abbreviated list of related specifications and test methods.


Concrete and Related Masonry Units

Specifications

  • ASTM C90 (concrete and related masonry units)
  • ASTM C1372 (dry cast segmental retaining wall units)

Test Methods

  • ASTM C140 (properties of concrete masonry and related units)
  • ASTM C426 (shrinkage)
  • ASTM C1262 (freeze-thaw resistance)

Brick

Specifications

  • ASTM C216 (facing brick)
  • ASTM C902 (light traffic paving brick)
  • ASTM C1272 (heavy traffic paving brick)

Test Methods

  • ASTM C67 (properties of face clay brick)
  • ASTM C1072 (flexural bond strength)
  • ASTM C1357 (flexural bond strength)

Masonry Mortar

Specifications

  • ASTM C270 (masonry mortar)
  • ASTM C91 (masonry cement)
  • ASTM C1329 (mortar cement)

Test Methods

  • ASTM C109 (compressive strength)
  • ASTM C151 (autoclave expansion)
  • ASTM C482 (bond strength)
  • ASTM C780 (masonry mortar analysis)
  • ASTM C1072 (flexural bond strength)
  • ASTM C1324 (hardened mortar analysis)
  • ASTM C1357 (flexural bond strength)
  • ASTM C1506 (water retention)
  • ASTM E514 (water penetration)

Lime

Specifications

  • ASTM C206 (hydrated lime)
  • ASTM C207 (hydrated lime)

Test Methods

  • ASTM C25 (chemical testing of lime)
  • ASTM C110 (physical testing of lime)
  • ASTM C151 (autoclave expansion)

Masonry Grout

Specification

  • ASTM C476

Test Methods

  • ASTM C1019 (compressive strength)
  • ASTM C1611 (slump/flow)

Stone

Test Methods

  • ASTM C97 (absorption)
  • ASTM C99 (modulus of rupture)
  • ASTM C170 (compressive strength)
  • ASTM C1028 (static coefficient of friction)
  • ASTM C482 (bond strength)
  • ASTM C666 (freeze-thaw resistance)
  • ASTM C1262 (freeze-thaw resistance)

Architectural Cast Stone

Specification

  • ASTM C1364 (architectural cast stone)

Test Methods

  • ASTM C426 (shrinkage)
  • ASTM C666 (freeze-thaw resistance)
  • ASTM C1194 (compressive strength)
  • ASTM C1195 (absorption)