Choice of appropriate repair materials for heritage earthen buildings.

Lead Research Organisation: Durham University
Department Name: Engineering and Computing Sciences


This project aims to investigate the repair materials best suited for conservation use in heritage rammed earth and/or adobe earthen buildings. Previous research has indicated that matching the geotechnical properties of earthen repair materials with that of the existing structure could improve the performance of the repair. A review of current repair techniques will be followed by investigation of how the precision of this match affects repair performance (e.g. strength and durability), with the aim of producing recommendations of preferred repair methods and material mixes.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509462/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1888570 Studentship EP/N509462/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021 Keturah Mareka Civelek
Description A new capacitance-based sensor for measuring water contents within rammed earth cylinders has been developed, which could be applied in future to other types of soil sample.
Exploitation Route This is still to be determined as project work is ongoing.
Sectors Construction,Environment,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections