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Author(s): N. M. M. Ramos
M. L. Simões
J. M. P. Q. Delgado
V. P. de Freitas
Title: Reliability of the pull-off test for in situ evaluation of adhesion strength
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: The pull-off test is a very popular way of evaluating the adhesion strength of renderings or ceramic tiles. Several standards frame the application of this test and interpretation of its results. In our laboratory, the in situ pull-off test is frequently applied to support the diagnosis of causes for building anomalies. The statistical meaning of the results, however, is clearly different from the one found in laboratory tests and hence reliability issues arise. In this article, 55 case studies based on in situ tests are analysed. The sample was retrieved from 15 test reports conducted by LFC-FEUP. In each of these reports different situations are included in terms of wall components, expected hygrothermal loads and ageing history. This large number of tests supports a discussion on the applicability of the pull-off test regarding its reliability as a tool for two different subjects: decisions on repair strategies and building forensics. Typical variability found in field tests is described and analysed. The reliability of the test is analysed in detail with the help of one specific case where 40 individual pull-offs were conducted in the same building.
Subject: Engenharia civil
Civil engineering
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Engenharia civil
Engineering and technology::Civil engineering
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
Appears in Collections:FEUP - Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional

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