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Abstract

What makes some bricks stronger than others? This science fair project aims to compare the effect of sand particle size on brick durability.

Hypothesis

Coarse sand particles make more durable  bricks  than  fine sand particles.
 

Scientific Terms

Bricks, mortar, corrosive, fire resistant, kiln

Background

Bricks

Bricks are ceramic blocks that are made from clay, sand and water. They are used in construction for building walls and pavements. The bricks are normally secured using mortar while they are being arranged in rows and/or stacked up. Mortar is a mixture of cement, sand and water.

Bricks are normally small in size. This makes it  convenient for  brick layers to work with them. It also  enables  construction work to be carried out in small and confined spaces
Bricks are  durable and require very little maintenance. They are also non corrosive and are fire resistant

Bricks continue to have a very important place in the construction industry, despite being invented centuries ago.
 

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Complexity level:
7
Project cost ($):
90
Time required:
5 days for preparation, 1 day for observation
Material availability:
Access to an industrial oven/dry box or kiln is required, in order to achieve temperatures required for baking the bricks.
Safety concerns:

Basic safety requirements