Influence of substrate and sand characteristics on Roman cement mortar performance

STARINIERI, Vincenzo, HUGHES, David and WILK, Dariusz (2015). Influence of substrate and sand characteristics on Roman cement mortar performance. Construction and Building Materials (91), 274-287.

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When formulating repair mortars standard test specimens should be used with caution as these cannot be considered representative of samples of mortars collected on site. This work reports an approach to repair mortar formulation which takes into account the influence of porous substrates, sand characteristics and mortar thickness on the properties of both fresh and hardened Roman cement mortars. It is shown that mortars cast on a dry absorbent substrate show modified properties such as increased strength and decreased water absorption coefficient, the degree of which is a function of sand grading and surface characteristics, sample thickness and substrate sorptivity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Available online 18 May 2015
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Structural Materials and Integrity Research Centre > Centre for Infrastructure Management
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2015.05.077
Depositing User: Vincenzo Starinieri
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2015 11:09
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 23:47

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