The lithological characteristics and dynamic and static test results are presented for six sandstone types ranging in age from Lower Old Red Sandstone to Triassic. Attention is drawn to the differing geomechanical properties of these sandstones and hence the variation in their suitability as construction geomaterials. Comparisons are made between a number of the static properties of the sandstones and their geomechanical performance.

The paper emphasizes the importance of considering those sandstone properties relevant to particular applications. An indication is given of the suitability of the six examples of sandstones to the main construction geomaterial uses: building stone, armourstone, rip-rap, aggregate sub-base, aggregate dressing and concrete.

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