PETER WALKER University of New England, NSW.

The paper presents results of uniaxial and concentrated compression load tests on stabilised soil block walls. Strip toads were applied both centrally and on edge, with loaded area ratios varying between 6.7% and 67%. Over sixty walls were built and tested using cement stabilised soil blocks having a characteristic compressive strength under 2 N/mm2. A soil.cement mortar mixture, similar to the blocks, was used throughout for construction of the test walls. Measured vertical strains are presented for both the uniaxial and concentrated load tests. Experimental results are compared with current design provisions developed for conventional masonry. Guidance on the performance of stabilised soil blockwork under concentrated loading is presented, together with recommendations for further research.