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Strength and Elastic Properties of Stabilized Mud Block Masonry Using Cement-Soil Mortars

Reddy, Venkatarama BV and Gupta, Ajay (2006) Strength and Elastic Properties of Stabilized Mud Block Masonry Using Cement-Soil Mortars. In: Journal Of Materials In Civil Engineering, 18 (3). 472 -476.

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Stabilized mud blocks (SMBs) are manufactured by compacting a wetted mixture of soil, sand, and stabilizer in a machine into a high-density block. Such blocks are used for the construction of load-bearing masonry. Cement soil mortar is commonly used for SMB masonry. This paper presents the results of an experimental investigation in characterizing the properties of SMB masonry using cement-soil mortars. The compressive strength, stress-strain relationships, and elastic properties of SMB masonry using three types of SMBs and cement-soil mortars are discussed. The influence of a cement-soil mortar's composition and strength on masonry characteristics is examined. The results of masonry using cement-soil mortars are compared with those using conventional mortars (cement mortar and cement-lime mortar). Some of the major findings are: (1) SMB masonry strength is sensitive to block strength and increases with increase in block strength; (2) the strength of SMB masonry using cement-soil mortars is more sensitive to the cement content of the mortar than to the clay fraction of the mortar mix; (3) the masonry modulus increases as the block strength increases; and (4) SMB masonry with cement-soil mortars shows higher modulus than the masonry using cement mortar and cement-lime mortar.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal Of Materials In Civil Engineering
Publisher: Asce-Amer Soc Civil Engineers
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Asce-Amer Soc Civil Engineers.
Keywords: Blocks;Earth structures;Masonry;Mortars;Soil cement;Stress-strain relations.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2009 11:23
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2013 08:36
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/17921

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