DB-HERITAGE: A database of mortars composition and characteristics

Author(s): António Santos Silva, Rodrigo Giollo, Maria Joăo Correia, Maria do Rosário Veiga, Paulina Faria
Paper category: Proceedings
Book title: Proceedings of the 5th Historic Mortars Conference
Editor(s): José Ignacio Álvarez, José María Fernández, Íńigo Navarro, Adrián Durán, Rafael Sirera
ISBN: 978-2-35158-221-3
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-222-0
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2019
Pages: 516-528
Total Pages: 13
Language : English

Abstract: Mortars are materials which are present in constructions from the antiquity to nowadays,
being complex in terms of their constituents and microstructure, incorporating traditions
and techniques related to the local knowledge. Furthermore, the mortar characteristics vary
also with its role in the structure and the place and environment of use.
The knowledge of the mortars constituents, characteristics and behaviour in their specific
service conditions is important for improving the materials history and for a better definition
of conservation strategies. That knowledge, obtained by many different researchers and
practitioners of the area, should be easily available for all the professionals who need it,
both for further research and for direct use in the field.
This has been the background for the development of the DB-HERITAGE database project
(, which intends to build a repository for historical building
materials, and a free-access IT-tool to collect the related data. This paper addresses
specifically data from conservative interventions made on mortars applied on historic
constructions. Additionally an overview of the database tools will be presented, exemplifying
some of its outputs and potentialities related to historic mortars in different case studies in
Keywords: Web database; building Heritage; mortar’s composition, mortars’ characteristics.

Online publication : 2019
Publication type : full_text
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