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Materials 2015, 8(1), 1-15; doi:10.3390/ma8010001

First Exploratory Study on the Ageing of Rammed Earth Material

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University of Savoie, Laboratoire Optimisation de la Conception Ingénierie de l'Environnement, CNRS, Polytech Annecy-Chambery, 73000 Chambery, France
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University of Lyon, LTDS, CNRS, LGCB, Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat, 69120 Vaulx-en-Velin, France
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Academic Editor: Naozumi Teramoto
Received: 27 August 2014 / Accepted: 8 December 2014 / Published: 23 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Structure Analysis and Characterization)
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Abstract

Rammed earth (RE) is attracting renewed interest throughout the world thanks to its “green” characteristics in the context of sustainable building. In this study, the ageing effects on RE material are studied on the walls which have been constructed and exposed for 22 years to natural weathering. First, mechanical characteristics of the “old” walls were determined by two approaches: in-situ dynamic measurements on the walls; laboratory tests on specimens which had been cut from the walls. Then, the walls’ soil was recycled and reused for manufacturing of new specimens which represented the initial state. Comparison between the compressive strength, the Young modulus of the walls after 22 years on site and that of the initial state enables to assess the ageing of the studied walls. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development; rammed earth; ageing; in-situ measurement sustainable development; rammed earth; ageing; in-situ measurement
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Bui, Q.-B.; Morel, J.-C. First Exploratory Study on the Ageing of Rammed Earth Material. Materials 2015, 8, 1-15.

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