This research involved a systematic and rigorous mechanical testing campaign of brick and mortar samples in current use in Kathmandu.
Researcher: Claudio Corallo and Evan Speer
Organisation: The Moreton Partnership
A renewed demand for bricks followed the April 2015 Gorkha earthquake to aid in reconstruction efforts. Local and foreign experts have attempted to improve construction methods and production to reduce the seismic vulnerability of local buildings.
This project takes a systematic approach to the mechanical testing of bricks and mortars used in the locality. Local suppliers provided samples of three different brick types and a further two historic brick types were included. All brick types were subjected to uniaxial testing and three-point bending and the results provided in the report.