Influence of the aggregate quality on the physical properties of natural feebly-hydraulic lime mortars.
Item Type:Journal Article
Citation:S. Pavia and B. Toomey, Influence of the aggregate quality on the physical properties of natural feebly-hydraulic lime mortars., Materials and Structures, 41, 2008, p559 - 569
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This paper examines the influence of the shape, average size and calcite content of the aggregate on strength, porosity, water absorption, density and capillary suction of natural feebly- hydraulic lime (NHL 2) mortars. Four types of aggregate were analysed in order to determine calcite content, particle shape and average particle size. Four different mortar mixes were then designed and produced using each of the aggregate types and NHL 2 as a binder. The mixing and curing as well as the aggregate:binder proportions were kept constant in order to attribute variation of mortar properties to the quality of the aggregate. The results suggest that an increase in the aggregate?s calcite content lowers the flexural and compressive strength of the mortar. This study also determined that sharp aggregate as well as aggregate with a small average particle size tends to increase the mechanical strength and bulk density of a mortar simultaneously reducing porosity, water absorption and capillary suction. Furthermore, this paper concludes that aggregates containing particles of a wide size range will also increase the mechanical strength and bulk density of the hardened mortar diminishing porosity, water absorption and capillary suction.
Author: PAVIA, SARA
Type of material:Journal Article
Series/Report no:Materials and Structures;41
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