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Steam-cured stabilised soil blocks for masonry construction

Reddy, BV Venkatarama and Lokras, SS (1998) Steam-cured stabilised soil blocks for masonry construction. In: Energy and Buildings, 29 (01). pp. 29-33.

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Abstract

Energy-efficient, economical and durable building materials are essential for sustainable construction practices. The paper deals with production and properties of energy-efficient steam-cured stabilised soil blocks used fbr masonry construction. Problems of mixing expansive soil and lime, and production of blocks using soil-lime mixtures have been discussed briefly. Details of steam curing of stabilised soil blocks and properties of such blocks are given. A comparison of energy content of steam-cured soil blocks and burnt bricks is presented. It has been shown that energy-efficient steam cured soil blocks (consuming 35% less thermal energy compared to burnt clay bricks) having high compressive strength can be easily produced in a decentralised manner.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: soil blocks;masonry construction;lime;steam curing.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2009 09:08
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:27
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/19270

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