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Premise:

A largely common feat, especially done in Martial Arts related media where a character usually breaks apart a cinder block(s) as a test or a part of some montage of sorts. So I'm here to see how much breaking them would yield.

Calculation:

Now, I am completely aware of the fact that there are multiple different variations of cinder block shapes and sizes, depending on the country or convenience of mass construction of these things. But, thankfully in fiction, they really don't deviate drastically on what the cinder blocks look like, so that makes my job a tad bit easier. Thus, I will only be limiting myself to these dimensions.

Now for the units, I'm going to assume these are metric units, since if these were feet and higher, they would make for some very large cinder blocks, if you ask me. Inches themselves, are also referred with this little thing here --> ', and would also make for some very large cinder blocks, as well. That being said, Meters and Centimeters are also off the table for the same reason of producing unnaturally large cinder blocks, as well. It's most likely that they're in millimeters, which make for a decent sized cinder block that isn't more than half an average human height.

Now, time to get all of the volume of each of the Cinder Blocks.

  • Volume of the First Block: 39*15*20 = 11700 cc
  • Volume of the Second Block: 50*15*20 = 15000 cc
  • Volume of the Third Block: 40*15*20 = 12000 cc
  • Volume of the Fourth Block: 39*19*19 = 14079 cc
  • Volume of the Fifth Block: 40*10*20 = 8000 cc


And the Sixth Block is the same as the Fourth one.
Now to handle the hole problem, I sadly won't be pixel scaling how big the gaps are, since the image isn't up to scale. (I have checked, fyi) Therefore, I am going to assume a hollowness of 80%, since the structure is still there, but the spaciousness is still noticeable. So with that in mind, our true volumes are:

  • True Volume of Block 1: 2340 cc
  • True Volume of Block 2: 3000 cc
  • True Volume of Block 3: 2400 cc
  • True Volume of Block 4 and in turn, 6: 2815.8 cc
  • True Volume of Block 5: 1600 cc

Now for our Destruction, I will be using the values listed in here, for my Frag, Vi. Frag, and my Pulverization values. With that in consideration, let's begin. Starting with...

Fragmentation Results:

  • Frag Value for Block 1: 14040 J
  • Frag Value for Block 2: 18000 J
  • Frag Value for Block 3: 14400 J
  • Frag Value for Block 4 & 6: 16894.8 J
  • Frag Value for Block 5: 9600 J

Vi. Fragmentation Results (averaged between 17-20):

  • Vi. Frag Value for Block 1: 43290 J
  • Vi. Frag Value for Block 2: 55500 J
  • Vi. Frag Value for Block 3: 44400 J
  • Vi. Frag Value for Block 4 & 6: 52092.3 J
  • Vi. Frag Value for Block 5: 29600 J

Pulverization Results:

  • Pulv. Value for Block 1: 93600 J
  • Pulv. Value for Block 2: 120000 J
  • Pulv. Value for Block 3: 96000 J
  • Pulv. Value for Block 4 & 6: 1112632 J
  • Pulv. Value for Block 5: 64000 J

Afterword

So the feat pretty much ranges from high end Street to Wall level. Have to say, quite expected. Do keep in mind, these can be only applied for cases where the block is completely destroyed. Well, that's all folks.

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