Interlocking bricks to improve the strength of structures—17 May 2018

A new Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects grant of $277,092 led by Professor Hong Hao, based at Curtin University, aims to develop optimised interlocking bricks to resist static and earthquake loads, leading to improved mechanical performance of the resulting structures.

With significant support from industry partner, Tetraloc Pty Ltd, the team will investigate how interlocking bricks can replace conventional bricks in masonry construction, which require skilled labour to connect bricks with mortar. 

Development of interlocking bricks for mortarless connection is already of interest to the construction industry because the easy alignment improves construction efficiency and quality. They have the potential to make a significant impact on construction technology and the Australian masonry industry, and greatly improve the competitiveness of the Australian construction industry in the international market.


Image: traditional masonry construction requires skilled labour to connect bricks with mortar.
Source: Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)

Original Published Date: 
Thursday, May 17, 2018