Influence of water on the mechanical characteristics of rammed-earth material

Q. B. Bui, S. Hans, J. C. Morel, V. Mollion

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Abstract

Earthen materials in general and rammed-earth in particular are ancient materials used for construction since time immemorial. Some earthen structures built centuries ago are still performing satisfactorily. However, in a lot of cases, the problem of durability still raises questions, since earthen material is very sensitive to water and since the maintenance is not always well done. This paper presents a study on the influence of water on the mechanical characteristics (compressive strength, Young modulus and Poisson ratio) of rammed-earth material. Experiments on suction were also carried out to study the relationship between suction and mechanical characteristics of rammed-earth. The results show that for low water contents: which are from the dry state (in the atmospheric conditions) to 4wt.%, the mechanical properties are constant. Explanations of this result are presented in relation to the capillary force between particles at the microscopic level of the material.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructural Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture XII
PublisherWIT Press
Pages565-576
Number of pages12
Volume118
ISBN (Print)9781845645267
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Structural Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture - Chianciano Terme, Italy
Duration: 5 Sep 20117 Sep 2011

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Structural Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture
Abbreviated titleSTREMAH 2011
CountryItaly
CityChianciano Terme
Period5/09/117/09/11

Keywords

  • Compressive strength
  • Influence of water
  • Poisson ratio
  • Rammed-earth
  • Suction
  • Young modulus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Science Applications

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Influence of water on the mechanical characteristics of rammed-earth material'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Bui, Q. B., Hans, S., Morel, J. C., & Mollion, V. (2011). Influence of water on the mechanical characteristics of rammed-earth material. In Structural Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture XII (Vol. 118, pp. 565-576). WIT Press. https://doi.org/10.2495/STR110471