STP1258

    Recommendations for Systematic Instrumental Analysis of Ancient Mortars: The Italian Experience

    Published: Jan 1996


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    Abstract

    The analysis of mortars in ancient masonry poses serious problems because of the complex composition of most aggregates and the chemical transformations involved in the aging of the binders.

    On the basis of experience in the study of ancient monuments in Italy, the authors propose an analytical scheme and recommend some standardization of sampling and analysis procedures.

    The scheme includes thermal analysis and X-ray diffraction supported by the petrographic study of mortar in thin sections and the measurement of pore size distribution.

    It is further proposed that the results be collected into data banks that would simplify the task of the analyst in the future.

    Keywords:

    historic building masonry, ancient mortars, mortar analysis, X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, mortar petrography, mortar porosity, preservation, rehabilitation, standards, building technology, buildings, evaluation


    Author Information:

    Chiari, G
    Associate professor, Università di Torino, Torino, TO

    Torraca, G
    Associate professor and research fellow, Università di Roma “La Sapienza,” Faculty of Engineering, Roma, RM

    Santarelli, ML
    Associate professor and research fellow, Università di Roma “La Sapienza,” Faculty of Engineering, Roma, RM


    Paper ID: STP15442S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E06.24

    DOI: 10.1520/STP15442S


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