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Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering and Applied Sciences (JETEAS)


by Samuel Sunday Omopariola

100mm and 125mm solid blocks are extensively used for building construction at Idiroko area of Ogun State in Nigeria and environ with no record of known available data. There is also no quality control of the standard of the structural properties of these type of blocks to justify its usage and the use is spreading fast. This research is therefore undertaken to present these data. The study involve laboratory tests on the physical, and structural properties of 100mm and 125mm thick solid blocks. The results obtained from the laboratory tests was evaluated, conclusion were drawn and recommendations made. After analysis, the experimental results obtained from the laboratory tests reveals that these type of blocks meet the required standard in terms of dry density, moisture content, water absorption, volume porosity and strength. Investigation has revealed that the use of poor quality materials is one of the major causes of building collapse which constitutes a major setback to sustainable development and human capacity building. This paper examines the conformity of the structural properties of these types of blocks to relevant codes and standards so as to stem the tide of building collapse as a result of the use of low quality blocks.
Keywords: building blocks, building construction, structural properties, physical inspection standard
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ISSN: 2141-7016

Editor in Chief.

Prof. Gui Yun Tian
Professor of Sensor Technologies
School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
University of Newcastle
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