Uniaxial Compressive Strength Testing of Hollow Concrete Block Prisms

Published: 18 December 2023| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/9bmhxgdsk2.2
Milena Mesa-Lavista,
, Franco A Carpio-Santamaría,


This database showcases experimental results obtained by testing prisms constructed from hollow concrete blocks under uniaxial compression. Prisms with 2, 3, and 4 courses were tested, employing mortar placement in both the net area and on the lateral faces. The processed results are presented in Excel sheets, featuring stress-strain graphs. The efforts were computed based on the gross and net area for prisms with mortar placed in full-shell and the effective area for prisms with mortar placed on the face-shell-bedding. Moreover, accompanying photos from the tests are included, enabling observation of the specimen failures achieved during the experiments.


Steps to reproduce

To replicate the data, the following steps must be adhered to: 1. Block Acquisition: Obtain blocks, preferably from the same batch, with the number of units calculated in advance. 2. Material Procurement: Acquire materials necessary for mortar and capping. 3. Block Characterization: Perform compression and axial tension tests to characterize the blocks. 4. Mortar Dosage Determination: Calculate the mortar dosage required to meet standard resistance specifications. 5. Prism Construction: Construct 10 sets of prisms consisting of 2, 3, and 4 courses, placing mortar throughout the net area and on the lateral faces, 10 for each configuration. 6. Mortar Specimen Collection: From each batch of 10 constructed prisms, extract mortar specimens for tension and compression characterization. 7. Prism Instrumentation: Equip the prisms with instruments to measure displacements and efforts. 8. Waiting Period: Allow a 28-day curing period before conducting tests on the constructed prisms. Following these steps ensures the replication of the experimental procedure and data obtained.


Universidad Veracruzana, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon


Masonry, Mortar, Prism


Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología