Modern innovations in unfired clay masonry in the UK

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2008
EventProceedings of the 10th International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage - Bamako, Mali
Duration: 1 Feb 20085 Feb 2008

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 10th International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage
CountryMali
CityBamako
Period1/02/085/02/08

Keywords

  • Unfired clay bricks
  • material characteristics
  • thin masonry walls

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    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.