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19972019
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Research Interests

Social dimensions of sustainable buildings; Sustainable building with earth materials (earth and stone)

Biography

Jean-Claude Morel studied at the University of Grenoble (PhD Soil Mechanics), France. He was researcher for the French Ministry of Sustainability at Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat of Lyon from 1996 to 2015, before joining Coventry University as Professor Low Impact Buildings. Jean-Claude’s current research interests in sustainable buildings include:

  1. Earthen building: mechanical, hygrothermal and durability characteristics of earthen materials (stabilised or not) as adobe, rammed earth, compressed earth blocks, earth mortar.
  2. Energy in buildings and green buildings: embodied energy in basic construction materials and buildings; building with local soils as construction material; energy efficiency in building systems and green buildings.
  3. Drystone retaining walls (DSRW): 3D behaviour of DSRW, full scale experiments, limit equilibrium and yield design modelling of DSRW stability. Stone mechanical characteristics, friction and shear behaviour.

Jean-Claude has published 40 articles in peer reviewed international journals, and is co-writer of 7 books in French and English covering a range from design guidelines for architects and engineers to continuum mechanics modelling. Currently, Jean-Claude is an Editorial Panel member for the ICE Journal “Engineering Sustainability” and reviewer for 30 peer-reviewed international journals.

Area of Expertise:

Mechanical behaviour of materials and masonry structures; hygrothermal behaviour of earth materials; sustainable building and renovation.

Vision Statement

As I spent my childhood in the wild, deep countryside of France, I was aware early on of the impact of human activities on the environment, especially due to industrial agriculture. I developed research in buildings inspired by Lyon and its regional heritage of rammed earth buildings and drystone retaining walls. My vision is to connect scientific research with practical on-site construction. Essential aspects of a sustainable building are its connection with people, builders, artisans and the environment.

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Research Output 1997 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Analysis of the water absorption test to assess the intrinsic permeability of earthen materials 

Fabbri, A., Soudani, L., McGregor, F. & Morel, J-C., 28 Feb 2019, In : Construction and Building Materials. 199, p. 154-162 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Water absorption
Water
Water content
Compressive strength
Flow of fluids
2 Citations (Scopus)

A new methodology to identify and quantify material resource at a large scale for earth construction – Application to cob in Brittany

Hamard, E., Lemercier, B., Cazacliu, B., Razakamanantsoa, A. & Morel, J. C., 10 May 2018, In : Construction and Building Materials. 170, p. 485-497 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Earth (planet)
Soils
Availability
Silt
Gravel

Hydric characterisation of rammed earth samples for different lime concentrations

Soudani, L., Fabbri, A., Woloszyn, M., Grillet, A. C. & Morel, J. C., 12 Apr 2018, In : IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science. 143, 1, p. 1-12 13 p., 012010.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
lime
relative humidity
water uptake
pathology
compressive strength
8 Citations (Scopus)

Energy evaluation of rammed earth walls using long term in-situ measurements

Soudani, L., Woloszyn, M., Fabbri, A., Morel, J-C. & Grillet, A-C., 1 Jan 2017, In : Solar Energy. 141, p. 70-80 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Earth (planet)
Solar energy
Air quality
Heat resistance
Quality control
5 Citations (Scopus)

Historical Rammed Earth Process Description Thanks to Micromorphological Analysis

Hamard, E., Cammas, C., Fabbri, A., Razakamanantsoa, A., Cazacliu, B. & Morel, J-C., 2017, In : International Journal of Architectural Heritage. 11, 3, p. 314-323

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Earth (planet)
Farms
Water content
Methodology
Boundary layers

Activities 1999 2017

Fazia Fouchal

Jean-Claude Morel (Host)
1 Oct 20171 Mar 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

Erwan Hamard

Jean-Claude Morel (Host)
2017

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

XIIth World Congress on Earthen Architecture

Jean-Claude Morel (Organising Committee)
11 Jul 201614 Jul 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Journees Nationales Maconnerie (Event)

Jean-Claude Morel (Chair)
17 Mar 201618 Mar 2016

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

RILEM (External organisation)

Jean-Claude Morel (Chair)
20162021

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee