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Keeping with the trend of designing pretty much every aspect of this project, I designed a brick a while ago.

I had held off releasing this as I wasn't sure and am still not sure of its viability as a structural brick.
But having researched this time after time, I have come to realize that if the soil mixture is stabilized with cement or is made in the normal fashion bricks are made... Shouldn't have any problems what so ever.

We won't be able to test the integrity of this brick until after we construct our own brick press. Which I don't estimate to be within the first 6 months, so it will take some time.
However, if someone else out there has a brick press that they can test this with, that would be awesome!

Read more on the jump.

The main design principle that I was going for was that the brick has channels built into it for both support and ease of construction.

The support comes into effect once the bricks are in place by simply pouring a soil/cement mix down the shaft.
For the ease of placement is the special walls in the design indicated by the white sections above. As shown below, you will also notice some of the walls removed to better illustrate the purpose.

In the sections 'Two Brick Cut' and 'Side with Wall Removed', you'll see that the rounded part of the brick would allow a flow of soil/cement mixture to pour into the unused channels.
It may be a little hard to see but in section 'Two Brick Cut', you can see that the brick on top doesn't obstruct the inner shaft flow hole. But you can also see the outside wall in place ready to block the flow of soil/cement.
These outside walls are removed when needed by simply applying a small amount of force to break them away. This allows bricks to be placed on top of each other and to maintain integrity when the soil/cement is poured down the central shaft.

The design allows for rebar reinforcement vertically as per normal brick walls if required.

As per the 'Top' section view in the first image, you can see that the brick is segmented to allow easy of halving. All that would be needed in the mould is a simple thin sheet metal wall to separate the brick into two half bricks.
Otherwise you can take a simple masonry saw and cut in half once the bricks are cured.

I'd love to see this brick made and tested.

Download SketchUp file below;

 

As always, discuss HERE.

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