Size and weight of bricks. -learncivil

Size and weight of bricks:


The standard size of brick recommended by BIS is 190mm×190mm×190mm.
With mortar thickness, the size of such brick becomes 200mm×100mm×100mm.

Traditional bricks are those which not being standardized in size. The dimensions of traditional bricks vary from place to place. The commonly adopted size of traditional bricks is 230mm×114mm×76mm.


The Average weight of a brick is about 3 to 3.5 kg.

Recomended: Manufacturing of bricks

Requirements of good brick:

Also read: Important Topic - Tests on bricks
                                               Burning process of bricks
  • Colour
  • Water absorption
  • Crushing Strength
  • Shape
  • Size
  • Hardness
  • Soundness
  • Texture and compactness
  • Colour- The colour of good brick should be uniform. It may be deep red, cherry or copper coloured.

  • Water absorption - Brick should not absorb water more than 20% of its dry weight when kept immersed in water for 24 hours. 
  • Crushing Strength - Should have the crushing strength below 5.5N/mm2.
  • Shape - Brick should be uniform in shape with its edges sharp and true in shape. 
  • Size - Size of the brick should be as per Indian standards.
  • Hardness -The brick should be hard so that if a scratch is made with fingernail there should not be any impression on the brick.
  • Soundness-Should give clear ringing sound when struck with each other
  • Texture and compactness -The bricks should have Uniform texture and should be compact. 

Also read: Classification of bricks

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