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Role of clay content and moisture on characteristics of cement stabilised rammed earth

Reddy, Venkatarama BV and Kumar, Prasanna P (2009) Role of clay content and moisture on characteristics of cement stabilised rammed earth. In: 11th International Conference on Non-conventional Materials and Technologies (NOCMAT 2009), Bath U. K., Sept. 2009, Bath U. K..

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Rammed earth is an energy efficient and low carbon emission alternative for load bearing walls. This paper attempts to examine the influence of clay content and moisture content on the compressive strength of cement stabilised rammed earth (CSRE) through experimental investigations. Compressive strength of CSRE prisms was monitored both in dry and wet (saturated) conditions. Major conclusions of the study are:(a) Optimum clay content for maximum compressive strength is about 16%, (b) the strength of CSRE is sensitive to the moisture content at the time of testing, (c) Strength in saturated condition is less than half of the dry strength and (d) Water absorption (saturated water content) increases as the clay content of the soil mix increases and it is in the range of 12 to 16% for the CRSE prisms with 8% cement.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: iisc
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to iisc.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2011 10:15
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2018 10:35
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/39702

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