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An Experimental Study on the Effect of Water on Historic Brickwork Masonry

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Department of Economics, Engineering, Society and Business Organization, University of Tuscia, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
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Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, 06125 Perugia, Italy
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Received: 13 December 2019 / Revised: 1 January 2020 / Accepted: 8 January 2020 / Published: 10 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Seismic Vulnerability Assessment for Heritage Buildings)
Architectural heritage is deeply threatened by extreme weather events due to ongoing climatic change. Since these phenomena are becoming more and more serious, their effects cannot be neglected when a reliable assessment of a historic masonry structure is required. In this paper, the phenomenon of rising damp was studied, focusing on the influence of water on the unit weight of masonry walls made from fired clay bricks and lime mortar. This study consists of a basic experimental research on the variations in the unit weight of masonry undergoing an ageing treatment, which was simulated through some cycles of capillary water absorption and temperature changes. The experimental study proves that penetrating damp causes an increase in masonry unit weight of more than 20%. This basic result is significant in the structural assessment of historic masonry buildings. Subsequent papers will analyze the interaction with strengths parameters. View Full-Text
Keywords: water effect; historic masonry; architectural heritage; lime mortar; clay bricks water effect; historic masonry; architectural heritage; lime mortar; clay bricks
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Giaccone, D.; Santamaria, U.; Corradi, M. An Experimental Study on the Effect of Water on Historic Brickwork Masonry. Heritage 2020, 3, 29-46. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/heritage3010003

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Giaccone D, Santamaria U, Corradi M. An Experimental Study on the Effect of Water on Historic Brickwork Masonry. Heritage. 2020; 3(1):29-46. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/heritage3010003

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Giaccone, Domenico, Ulderico Santamaria, and Marco Corradi. 2020. "An Experimental Study on the Effect of Water on Historic Brickwork Masonry" Heritage 3, no. 1: 29-46. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/heritage3010003

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