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Properties of lime stabilised steam-cured blocks for masonry

Reddy, Venkatarama BV and Hubli, SR (2002) Properties of lime stabilised steam-cured blocks for masonry. In: Materials and Structures / Materiaux et Constructions, 35 (249). pp. 293-300.

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Abstract

The paper addresses certain issues pertaining to the technology of lime-stabilised steam-cured blocks used for masonry construction. Properties of lime-stabilised steam-cured blocks using expansive soils and tank bed soils have been examined. Influence of parameters like steam curing period, lime content and fly ash content on wet strength of blocks is studied. Steam curing of lime stabilised blocks at 80degreesC for about 20 hours at atmospheric pressure leads to considerably higher strengths when compared with curing under wet cloth at ambient temperatures. Clay-fly ash fractions of the mix control the optimum lime content yielding maximum strength. Long-term strength behaviour of steam-cured blocks has been monitored. The results indicate a favourable lime-clay ratio for stable long-term strength. A small-scale steam cured block production system has been designed and implemented to construct a load bearing masonry structure, thus demonstrating the potential of steam-cured block as a material for masonry construction.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2011 13:10
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2011 13:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/39369

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