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Compatibility of repair mortars with 19th century natural cement cast stone from the French Rhône-Alpes region



Title: Compatibility of repair mortars with 19th century natural cement cast stone from the French Rhône-Alpes region
Author(s): M. Bouichou, E. Marie-Victoire, E. Cailleux, D. Sommain
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: 927 - 936
Total Pages: 10
Nb references: 8
Language: English


Abstract: In the French Alps, near Grenoble, in the middle of the 19th century, natural cements were massively used to produce "cast stone" (concrete block), to simulate natural yellowish to reddish cut stone. In a first project, several ancient concrete buildings were studied and a major decay mechanism was identified: erosion, leading to the loss of the original fake stone appearance. Today, due to a lack of appropriate repair materials, grey Portland-cement-based mortars, combined with paintings are used, leading to a complete loss of the original aspect. Therefore, the aim of this second study was to develop and to test compatible repair materials to conserve the cultural heritage of this region. Based on the results of the first project, specifications concerning the composition and main properties of compatible repair materials were established. Then 4 mortars were selected, 2 of them being specifically formulated. In a second step the intrinsic properties of those mortars were characterised and finally, their mortar/concrete compatibility was assessed.


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


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