Influence of Lime in Mortar on the Expansion of Brick Masonry

    Published: Jan 1970

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    Mortars containing normally hydrated dolomitic lime caused greater expansion of brickwork piers than other mortars. Because the expansion of brickwork was much greater in the vertical direction than horizontally, however, and because the expansion was inhibited greatly by a relatively slight load, mortars containing normally hydrated dolomitic lime did not damage the brickwork from their expansion. The results of this study offer an explanation for the satisfactory performance of brick buildings with mortars containing normally hydrated dolomitic lime even though such mortars have great capacity for expansion.


    mortars (materials), masonry, expansion, evaluation, tests, calcium oxides, brick structures, cements, mechanical properties

    Author Information:

    Ritchie, T.
    Research officer, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ont.

    Paper ID: STP41935S

    Committee/Subcommittee: C07.03

    DOI: 10.1520/STP41935S

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