Grades of Cement Mortar

Cement Mortar | Grades & Properties of Cement Mortar | 6 Uses & Preparation of Cement Mortar | Advantages& Disadvantages


Cement mortar is defined as the homogeneous mixture of cement, sand, and water in a suitable proportion.

Sometimes the addition of admixture is required in the mortar to make it more resistive towards water and chemicals.


  1. Grades of Cement Mortar  

Grade Name          Mix (by Loose Volume)Compressive Strength at 28 days (in N/mm2)
MM 0.7180.7   to 1.5
MM 1.5171.5 to 2.0
MM 3163.0 to 5.0
MM 5155.0 to 7.5
MM 7.5147.5 to above


  2. Properties of Cement Mortar  

~ It should be easily workable.

~ It should develop adequate strength in tension, compression, and bond for the work.

~ It should be durable.

~ It should not affect the durability of other materials.

~ It should be set quickly so that the speed of construction is ensured.

~ It should be cheaply available.

~ It should bind the bricks or stones to give a tight joint through which water cannot penetrate.

~ The joints form by mortar should not develop cracks and they should be able to maintain their appearance for quite a long time.


  3. Uses of  Cement Mortar:  

~ It is used to fill up a gap between the brick and stone for making the wall weather tight.

~ It is used to give a soft even bed between the different layers of brick and stone masonry for equal distribution of pressure over the bridge.

~ It is used in pointing and plastering to protect joints and the surface of bricks and stone masonry.

~ It is used to fill up the joints of pipes.

~ It is used to generate the appearance of the structure.

~ It is used to hide the open joints of brickwork or stonework.


  4. Preparation of Cement Mortar  


a.  Selection of Materials

Cement, sand, and water are the materials required for the preparation of cement mortar.

Strong, sound, and durable sand and cement should be used. Water having a ph value of 6 or less is not suitable in mortar preparation.


b. Mixing of Materials 

Mix the materials (cement, sand, and water in suitable proportion) manually or by the use of a mixer. This mixture is a cement mortar.


c. Transporting and Placing of Mortar

Transport the mortar to the required place by using a wheelbarrow or by using a mortar pump. Then place or apply the mortar to the required surface.


d. Curing

Curing of this mortar is generally done for 7 to 14 days. It increases the strength of mortar and reduces future problems like cracking.


Read Also: Grades of Concrete


  5. Advantages   

a. Because of the closed pore structure, it inhibits the circulation of moisture through it.

b. It achieves maximum efficiency in less time as compared to lime mortar.

c. It is fire-resistive.


  6. Disadvantages   

a. Requirement of curing for supporting hydration.

b. It has low tensile strength.


Read More:  Water Cement Ratio


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