The paper reviews traditional practice and discusses its influence on developments in modern use of unfired clay building materials in the UK. Unfired extruded clay bricks offer new opportunities for modern earthen construction, including much thinner walls more suited to current construction requirements. However, this development is contingent on achieving adequate flexural bond strength between the bricks and mortar. Experimental results from on-going research on unfired clay masonry at the University of Bath are summarised. Test results for bond strength between mortar and bricks are presented. The significance of experimental findings is summarised, including recommendations for construction and design.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2008|
|Event||Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage - Bamako, Mali|
Duration: 1 Feb 2008 → 5 Feb 2008
|Conference||Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage|
|Period||1/02/08 → 5/02/08|
- Unfired clay bricks
- material characteristics
- thin masonry walls
Walker, P., Heath, A., & Lawrence, R. M. H. (2008). Modern innovations in unfired clay masonry in the UK. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage, Bamako, Mali.