Standing up to the Weather

Figure 1. View of aesthetically pleasing use of single-wythe concrete masonry construction. Sun MicroSystems Building.

Figure 2. View of single-wythe concrete block wall test specimen prior to testing. Note that the perimeter of the specimen is coated with plaster in accordance with ASTM E514 requirements.

Figure 3. View of single-wythe concrete block wall and ASTM E514 test setup. The clear box is pressurized to simulate wind, and the spray bar at the top of the box sprays water onto the block surface to simulate rain.

Figure 4. View of the interior surface of the single-wythe concrete block test wall following each test prior to cleaning.

Figure 4. View of the interior surface of the single-wythe concrete block test wall following each test after cleaning.

Figure 5. Total water penetrating beyond the wall exterior surface and total water penetrating to the interior over time for the three E514 tests. No water was collected at the interior for all three tests.

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