I test the deflection strength of CSA concrete garden box panels under a point load. These panels link together to make long lasting rot-proof garden boxes. I test 1 lightweight panel made from CSA Mortar Mix. These panels were made in Part 4 of my Garden Box series. I load the panels with weight until their breaking point.
Strength of CSA Concrete? – Deflection Test Lightweight Panels
Background for this Video – Strength of CSA Concrete
I’ve had many requests to test the strength of my garden panels. It took some to figure out the best way to go about this. With limited equipment it can be difficult to get measurable results. I decided to take a non-scientific general approach and try so fairly basic tests to see how the panels held up to weight that either approached their breaking point, or past it. Have a look at the video and please some comments and questions. The strength of CSA concrete for these panels depends on several factors.
Testing CSA Concrete
I didn’t have a spare panel so I “borrowed” one from Marilyn’s flower bed. ;o)
My Testing rig to determine the Strength of CSA Concrete for my panels
I had noticed a while back while casting these panels that they had felt very dense and almost glass-like so I wasn’t surprised when they snapped under the weight of the bricks. Regular concrete with it’s more coarse sand and its gravel just felt like it would flex a bit more before cracking.
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