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Testing the freeze/thaw cycles in lime mortar



Title: Testing the freeze/thaw cycles in lime mortar
Author(s): S. Botas, V.M. Rato, P. Faria
Paper category : conference
Book title: 2nd Conference on Historic Mortars - HMC 2010 and RILEM TC 203-RHM final workshop
Editor(s): J. Válek, C. Groot and J.J. Hughes
Print-ISBN: None
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-112-4
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2010
Pages: 417 - 425
Total Pages: 9
Nb references: 10
Language: English


Abstract: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the behaviour of lime mortars in cold climates, namely by the effect of freeze/thaw cycles. Twelve compositions of mortars were prepared varying the type of binder (air lime, hydraulic lime and air lime + cement), the grain size distribution of the sand and the use of an air entraining agent. Tests including the open porosity, mechanical strength and resistance to freeze/thaw cycles were conducted in order to evaluate the performance of lime mortars in cold climates. The analysis of results allowed to assess some relevant conclusions about the influence of the grain size of aggregate, the use of an air entraining agent and the behaviour of mortars with different types of binder. The open porosity depends mainly on the granulometry of sands while the mechanical strength is correlated with the binder type. These two characteristics have a great influence on the strength of mortar to freeze/thaw cycles and consequently on their performance in cold climates.


Online publication: 2010-10-25
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00


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