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Assessing Cement Stabilized Rammed Earth Durability in A Humid Continental Climate

Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Al. Armii Ludowej 16, 00-637 Warsaw, Poland
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Buildings 2020, 10(2), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10020026
Received: 9 December 2019 / Revised: 14 January 2020 / Accepted: 3 February 2020 / Published: 10 February 2020
The article compared the test results of a number of features determining the durability of rammed earth durability in a humid continental climate. The results of wet to dry compressive strength ratio, frost resistance, linear shrinkage, resistance to erosion under the influence of a stream of pressurized water, and resistance to erosion under the influence of cyclic wetting and drying were presented. All of the tests were done on the same soil-cement mixture. On this basis, it was determined which of the methods of durability assessment is more and which is less restrictive. A new method for assessing the durability of CSRE in a humid continental climate has been proposed, which is the frost resistance test. This test is determined by the method that is described in the national annex of the European concrete standard of one of the temperate climate countries. The article also shows that a minimum of 9% of the cement additive and a soil mixture containing a gravel fraction are required, in order to ensure adequate rammed earth durability in a humid continental climate (i.e., frost resistance).
Keywords: Rammed earth; cement stabilized rammed earth; durability; frost resistance; cold climates; humid continental climate; continental climate Rammed earth; cement stabilized rammed earth; durability; frost resistance; cold climates; humid continental climate; continental climate
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Narloch, P.; Woyciechowski, P. Assessing Cement Stabilized Rammed Earth Durability in A Humid Continental Climate. Buildings 2020, 10, 26.

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