Earth (unfired clay) is used in construction around the world. Buildings can be constructed using compressed earth blocks, mud brick (adobe) or modern extruded earth masonry blocks. The alternative to masonry blocks is to construct as a monolithic structure as used for rammed earth and cob. Higher strength earth masonry systems can give advantages over lower strength alternatives as there is scope to utilise the flexural capacity and bond strength to provide similar structural capacity to fired masonry or concrete block alternatives while having lower embodied energy. Stabilisation of earth masonry can increase both strength and durability but this needs to be balanced with potentially greater environmental impact.
|Title of host publication
|Research and Applications in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation
|Place of Publication
|Abingdon, U. K.
|Published - 2013
|SEMC 2013: The Fifth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 1 Sept 2013 → 3 Sept 2013
|SEMC 2013: The Fifth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation
|1/09/13 → 3/09/13
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)