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Heritage, Volume 3, Issue 1 (March 2020) – 9 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Architectural heritage is being deeply threatened by extreme weather events due to ongoing climate [...] Read more. Architectural heritage is being deeply threatened by extreme weather events due to ongoing climate change. Giving the increasing severity of these phenomena, their effects cannot be neglected. In this paper, the phenomenon of rising damp was studied, focusing on the influence of water on the unit weight of masonry walls composed of clay bricks and lime mortar. This study involved basic experimental research on the variations in the unit weight of masonry undergoing an ageing treatment, which was simulated through cycles of capillary water absorption and temperature changes. The findings provs that penetrating damp causes an increase in masonry unit weight of more than 20%. This basic result is significant for the structural assessment of historic masonry buildings.View this paper.