Authors: Paul Kwabla Afatsawu | Courage Kwasi Dovi
Akatsi College of Education | New Ayoma Jasikan – Father Dogli Memorial Technical lnstitute
The mechanical properties of the bricks evaluated were compressive strength, flexural strength, abrasion resistance, water absorption and dry density. The mean values of all the mechanical properties of the bricks produced were directly proportional to the percentage content of the granite powder added but inversely proportional to the percentage content of the polyethylene powder. It was observed that maximum of 10% incorporation of only granite powder in the soil produced specimen bricks with the best mechanical properties, while the same percentage content of 10% of only polyethylene powder produced specimen bricks with the least mechanical properties. However, a combined inclusion of the two wastes in the soil, indicated that 7.5% of the granite powder and 2.5% of the polyethylene all by weight of the soil produced specimens’ bricks with good satisfactory results.
Keywords: Strength and Durability Properties, Fired Bricks, Polythene Powder and Granite Powder, Clayey Soil