Modern innovations in unfired clay masonry in the UK


Walker, P., Heath, A. and Lawrence, R. M. H., 2008. Modern innovations in unfired clay masonry in the UK. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage, 2008-02-01 - 2008-02-05.

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The paper reviews traditional practice and discusses its influence on developments in modern use of unfired clay building materials in the UK. Unfired extruded clay bricks offer new opportunities for modern earthen construction, including much thinner walls more suited to current construction requirements. However, this development is contingent on achieving adequate flexural bond strength between the bricks and mortar. Experimental results from on-going research on unfired clay masonry at the University of Bath are summarised. Test results for bond strength between mortar and bricks are presented. The significance of experimental findings is summarised, including recommendations for construction and design.


Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)
CreatorsWalker, P., Heath, A. and Lawrence, R. M. H.
Uncontrolled Keywordsunfired clay bricks,material characteristics,thin masonry walls
DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Architecture & Civil Engineering
Research Centres & Institutes > BRE Centre in Innovative Construction Materials
ID Code13131


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