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The Influence Of Loam Type And Cement Content On The Compressive Strength Of Rammed Earth

P. L. Narloch
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Published Online: 2015-09-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ace-2015-0005


Currently, a worldwide dynamic rise of interest in using soil as a construction material can be observed. This trend is evident in the rapid rise of the amount of standards that deal with soil techniques. In 2012 the number of standards was larger by one third than five years prior. To create a full standardization of the rammed earth technique it is necessary to take into account the diversity of used soil and stabilizing additives. The proportion of the components, the process of element production and the research methods must also be made uniform. The article describes the results of research on the compressive strength of rammed earth samples that differed from each other with regards to the type of loam used for the mixture and the amount of the stabilizer. The stabilizer used was Portland cement CEM I 42.5R. The research and the analysis of the results were based on foreign publications, the New Zealand standard NZS 4298:1998, the American Standard NMAC14.7.4 and archival Polish Standards from the 1960’s that dealt with earth material.

Keywords: rammed earth; cement stabilization; mineral composition; earth building material; sustainable building material; loam


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About the article

Received: 2015-03-03

Revised: 2015-03-26

Published Online: 2015-09-30

Published in Print: 2015-03-01

Citation Information: Archives of Civil Engineering, Volume 61, Issue 1, Pages 73–88, ISSN (Online) 1230-2945, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ace-2015-0005.

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