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Estimation of physical properties of volubilis calcarenite stone using non- destructive testing

Author(s): Issam Aalil, Kévin Beck, Xavier Brunetaud, Khalid Cherkaoui,
Ali Chaaba, Muzahim Al-Mukhtar
Paper category: Proceedings
Book title: Proceedings of the International RILEM Conference
Materials, Systems and Structures in Civil Engineering 2016 segment on
Historical Masonry
Editor(s): Inge Rörig-Dalgaard and Ioannis Ioannou
ISBN: 978-2-35158-178-0
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-179-7
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2016
Pages: 54-63
Total Pages: 10
Language : English

Abstract: Volubilis is the largest archaeological site in Morocco. It has been registered on the UNESCO
World Heritage list since 1997. Its main building stone is a yellowish-beige calcarenite
limestone, characterized by its heterogeneity. For preservation purposes, this study
investigated correlations between the properties of calcarenite stone measured in the
laboratory and two non-destructive tests, Karsten tube water absorption and Leeb hardness.
Tests were carried out on samples of calcarenite stone extracted from the main original
quarry. The results confirmed the variability of the quarry stone properties and showed that
the Karsten tube test could be used to estimate capillary water absorption and determine
directional dependence. They also showed that the square root of Karsten absorbed water was
related to laboratory measurements of porosity and total water absorption by linear
correlations. Moreover, hardness was linearly correlated with the porosity and density of the
tested calcarenite stone.

Online publication : 2016
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros) : 0.00

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