How do concrete paving blocks take up loads?

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The paving for concrete blocks consists of closely packed paving blocks in pre-determined patterns and the tiny joint spaces between individual blocks are filled with sand. The presence of sand avoids the displacement of a single block unit from the remaining blocks. Moreover, the horizontal interlocking provided by the arrangement of paving blocks in special patterns (e.g. herringbone pattern) prevents any single block from moving relative to one another. For instance, vertical loads acting directly on one concrete paving block are not only resisted by the block itself, but also by the blocks adjacent to it.



This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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