Serviceability and Durability

  • Wayne Ernest Brownell
Part of the Applied Mineralogy book series (MINERALOGY, volume 9)


With structural clay products, the proof of the pudding is their ability to resist all the rigors of service conditions and to function well in their intended purposes for very long times. When one builds his home, factory, or place of business using clay products, he likes to think that it will last forever with no maintenance, and perhaps it might, if it did not become obsolete, outgrown, or exposed to natural catastrophes. Furthermore, the durability of structural clay products is expected to exceed other materials such as wood, metals, and plastics, and indeed it will, as evidenced by the antique products up to 10,000 years old illustrated in Chapt. 1. Bricks and tiles are expected to produce strong buildings and pavements. Roofing tiles must be designed to keep out rain and snow, and pipes for the transportation of all kinds of wastes are designed to produce leak-proof joints with a minimum of skill and labor.


Manganese Dioxide Frost Damage Sewer Pipe Mortar Joint Saturation Coefficient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wayne Ernest Brownell
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  1. 1.New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred UniversityAlfredUSA

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