CASE STUDIES

CS-1 Optimizing Mortar Formulations for Maximum Performance

Concrete masonry units (CMUs) and mortar go together like bread and butter. For thousands of years, engineers, architects…

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CS-2 Surface Mottling of Mortar Joints

Understanding the science of why surface mottling of mortar joints happens and solutions to avoid or mitigate the occurrence

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CS-3 Basics in Grout Design

As members of ASTM C-12 committee on mortars and grouts we have been interested in some misconceptions regarding the function, design…

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CS-4 Efflorescence

The materials used in the building of masonry walls contain soluble salts of various compositions. The soluble salts go into solution when water is…

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CS-5 10 Commandments for Cleaning New Masonry Construction

Cleaning new masonry construction can and has been a challenge for many of us around the country. As mortar specialists….

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CS-6 Making Sense of Efflorescence

With spring around the corner and a multitude of new projects being completed last year, we have enlisted the help of our friends at PROSOCO…

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CS-7 Erroneous Testing of Masonry Grout

A good deal of time is spent each year having to respond to statements like, “The samples did not meet the specified strength.”…

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CS-8 Petrographic Analysis Solves Masonry Mysteries

Petrographic analysis is a valuable forensic tool used when construction materials don’t perform as expected. For masonry…

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