A comparison of durability estimations based on mercury porosimeter data and experimental salt crystallization tests carried out on Bateig Stone from Alicante, Spain, establish that the main factor in the salt crystallization durability test is the ‘ink bottle’ pore system, identified by the presence of residual mercury in large pores after porosity testing. In addition, the results suggest that the commonly used indirect durability tests may not be considered a scientific definition of building stone behaviour.

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