The performance testing of earthen materials: Challenges and future developments

Antonin Fabbri, Jean Claude Morel

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Abstract

Modern earth buildings are still a niche market despite their great potential to tackle some of the future challenges of the world housing shortage. The paper will discuss how to assess the engineering limitations of earthen architecture and the challenges faced by its development. As with any construction materials, it is crucial to know the limitations of the material to design and build safely. This is still an issue for earthen architecture, due to the variability of earths (local soils) and the lack of standard testing procedures. In this context, we will explain the work driven by the RILEM Technical committee 274-TCE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFifth International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT5): Volume 3 (SCMT Conferences)
EditorsEshmaiel Ganjian, Peter Claisse, Mukesh Limbachiya, Arpit Goyal
PublisherInternational Committee of the SCMT conferences
Pages552-558
Number of pages7
Volume3
ISBN (Print)978-1079084016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event5th International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies, SCMT 2019 - Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Jul 201917 Jul 2019

Publication series

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ISSN (Print)2515-3048
ISSN (Electronic)2515-3056

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies, SCMT 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityKingston upon Thames
Period14/07/1917/07/19

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Keywords

  • Compressive strength
  • Laboratory testing procedure
  • Moisture buffering
  • Round robin test
  • Vapour permeability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science(all)

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Fabbri, A., & Morel, J. C. (2019). The performance testing of earthen materials: Challenges and future developments. In E. Ganjian, P. Claisse, M. Limbachiya, & A. Goyal (Eds.), Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT5): Volume 3 (SCMT Conferences) (Vol. 3, pp. 552-558). International Committee of the SCMT conferences.