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A Study of Moisture Transport between Fresh Mortar and Bricks During Masonry Construction and Curing

Funding: 2000: $25,000
2001: $25,000
2002: $25,000

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Large Grant)

Start year: 2000

Summary: Moisture transport between bricks and mortar during construction and curing plays a key role in establishing bond between mortar and brick. Current empirical masonry construction practices are based on a superficial understanding of this phenomenon. This project is aimed at developing a fundamental understanding of the process enabling hydraulic compatibility to be obtained between bricks and mortar, thus maximising the bond strength. The hydraulic properties of bricks and mortar will be studied experimentally followed by the development of analytical model of moisture transport in masonry. Practical outcomes will be guidelines for industry on hydraulically compatible brick/mortar combinations, resulting in enhanced structural performance.

FOR Codes: Civil Engineering