Bearing Capacity of Concrete Blocks


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Title: Bearing Capacity of Concrete Blocks

Author(s): Tung Au and Donald L. Baird

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 56

Issue: 3

Appears on pages(s): 869-880

Keywords: none

Date: 3/1/1960

Laboratory tests were conducted to determine the bear-ing capacity of square concrete blocks whose area is 2 to 16 times the contact area and whose depth equals either full or half width of the block. Two concrete mixes with different maximum aggregate size were used for a total of 60 test specimens. The test results were plotted in dimensionless coordinates, with the ratio of bearing capacity to unconfined compressive cylinder strength as ordinate and the ratio of block area to contact area as abscissa. A rational interpretation of the test results is suggested.