Structural design for earth buildings

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch and Applications in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation
EditorsA. Zingoni
Place of PublicationAbingdon, U. K.
PublisherCRC Press
Pages1901-1905
ISBN (Print)9781138000612
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventSEMC 2013: The Fifth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 1 Sep 20133 Sep 2013

Conference

ConferenceSEMC 2013: The Fifth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period1/09/133/09/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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    Heath, A., & Walker, P. J. (2013). Structural design for earth buildings. In A. Zingoni (Ed.), Research and Applications in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (pp. 1901-1905). CRC Press.