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Originally developed for the aircraft industry. Also called a pop rivet. See also EXPLOSIVE RIVET. 36 bloated clay Expanded clay, used as LIGHTWEIGHT AGGREGATE. block See BUILDING BLOCK. blocking The process of arranging areas (blocks) horizontally to maximise the space occupancy in accordance with the required functional adjacencies, within a given physical envelope. block insulation A slab of insulation that is rigid or semi-rigid. blondel (also spelled blandel) An obsolete unit of LUMINANCE.
Austenite An allotropic form of GAMMA IRON, which has a face-centred lattice. It is not stable in carbon steels at room temperature. However, it exists in stable form in certain alloy steels containing nickel and chromium. See also FERRITE. austen steel See CORTEN STEEL. 22 autoclave A pressure vessel in which materials are exposed to high-pressure steam. In the building industry, auto-claving is used for the rapid curing of precast concrete products, sand-lime bricks, fibre cement products, and hydrous calcium silicate insulation products.
Brazilian test Same as SPLITTING TENSILE TEST. brazing A process for joining two pieces of metal by means of brazing solder. Copper-zinc (brass), copper-zinc-silver, and nickel-silver alloys are used as brazing solders, and their melting point is generally above 500°C, but well below the melting point of the metal to be brazed. This is above the temperature used for SOLDERING, but below that used for WELDING. BRE Building Research Establishment, Garston and Borehamwood, England. 41 breakdown (a) A term used for the separation of an EMULSION into its constituents.