Compression and Tension Strength of some common Materials

Common materials and average ultimate compression and tension strength

Average ultimate compression and tension strength of some common materials:

MaterialCompression StrengthTension Strength
(psi)(kPa)(psi)(kPa)
Bricks, hard 12000 80000 400 2800
Bricks, light 1000 7000 40 280
Brickwork, common quality 1000 7000 50 350
Brickwork, best quality 2000 14000 300 2100
Granite 19000 130000 700 4800
Limestone 9000 60000 300 2100
Portland Cement, less than one month old 2000 14000 400 2800
Portland Cement, more than one year old 3000 21000 500 3500
Portland Concrete, 28 days old 5000 35000 200 1400
Portland Concrete, more than one year old 6200 43000 400 2800
Sandstone 9000 60000 300 2100
Slate 14000 95000 500 3500
Trap rock 20000 140000 800 5500

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