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Flexural strength measures a paver’s ability to resist breaking when pressure is applied. The result helps to ascertain the products application suitability and longevity as well as the end user’s safety.
What is Flexural Strength?
Flexural strength is also referred to as ‘modulus of rupture’. It is a measure of a homogenous paver’s tensile strength. Under flexural strength testing, the material’s ability to resist failure when there is bending and a load applied is determined.
The load is applied at multiple points rather than in a single location. In this way, the entire centre half of the paver is subjected to the same maximum bending forces. Any local weakness such as a vein will be reflected in the flexural strength of the product.
The results of the flexural strength testing help inform how a paving product will handle heavy foot traffic over time. Homogenous tiles such as Technifirma® are well regarded for their consistent modulus of rupture due to their density and high tech innovation. This makes a product like Technifirma® to be well suited to high traffic environments such as pedestrian walkways and even driveways.
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Understanding a product’s flexural strength is important as it will determine its suitability for the individual application.