Mechanical Behaviour of Earth Building Materials

H. N. Abhilash, Erwan Hamard, C. T. S. Beckett, Jean-Claude Morel, Humberto Varum, Dora Silveira, I. Ioannou, R. Illampas

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Earth based building materials having low or negligible carbon footprint are looked upon as a sustainable alternative building material in the construction sector. The confidence of using any building material is augmented with through understanding of its mechanical properties. A brief review on the mechanical properties of the building materials such as Rammed Earth, Earth Blocks (Adobe, Compressed Earth Block, and Extruded Blocks) and Cob, which are manufactured using raw earth or by adding very little additives are presented in this chapter. The mechanical behaviour of earth based building material is highly dependent on raw material, manufacturing technique and testing conditions. Therefore it is highly recommended to conduct through experimental campaign for every soil mix. This chapter also presents various experiments recommended to study the mechanical properties of the materials.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationTesting and Characterisation of Earth-based Building Materials and Elements
Subtitle of host publicationState-of-the-Art Report of the RILEM TC 274-TCE
EditorsAntonin Fabbri, Jean-Claude Morel, Jean-Emmanuel Aubert, Quoc-Bao Bui, Domenico Gallipoli, B.V. Venkatarama Reddy
PublisherSpringer International Publishing Switzerland
Number of pages54
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-83297-1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameRILEM State-of-the-Art Reports
ISSN (Print)2213-204X
ISSN (Electronic)2213-2031


  • Earth building
  • Rammed earth
  • Unsaturated Soils

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