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Clay bricks fired using a traditional slow cycle and an innovative fast cycle were compared from the microstructural and mechanical viewpoints. Tests were performed on both a laboratory and a semi-industrial scale. For products with equivalent water absorption, fast firing leads to higher bend strength, lower bulk density, greater mean pore size and improved frost resistance. Firing shrinkage and pore size selection seem to depend on carbonate content and the clay particle size. Maximumdoi:10.1179/bct.19188.8.131.52 fatcat:bdy5ba3r4vf2ldtdudqnz5zkey