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)