Mortar mixes with oxblood: historical background, model sample recipes and properties

Zhang, Kun, Rampazzi, Laura, Riccardi, Maria Pia, Sansonetti, Antonio and Grimoldi, Alberto (2018) Mortar mixes with oxblood: historical background, model sample recipes and properties. Advances in Geosciences, 45 . pp. 19-24. [Article]


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In this survey we present studies on mortar mixes added with oxblood, which was a commonly found local waste material, with a wide application and long history of use; a precise recipe of lime–pozzolan mortar with blood ad- dition from a 19th-century Italian manual was chosen, and model samples were prepared accordingly, with the aim of better understanding the chemical, mineralogical and physi- cal characteristics of such compositions, starting with a blank reference specimen. The specimens were analysed by means of scanning electron microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, ther- mal analysis and X-ray diffraction, and the results suggested that amorphous calcium carbonate could be formed in the specimens with oxblood addition. These preliminary results allow a better understanding of historical building practices, measuring effects induced by organic additives on mortar mi- crostructure, as well as an evaluation of new performances obtained in mortar mixes. Moreover, this paper intends to propose a full multi-discipline approach to bridge the his- tory of architecture and building materials to conservation science

Item Type: Article
Zhang, Kun
Rampazzi, Laura
Riccardi, Maria Pia
Sansonetti, Antonio
Grimoldi, Alberto
Languages: English
Keywords: Mortars; Organic additives; Oxblood; Building techniques; building materials
Subjects: C.ARCHITECTURE > 04. Building materials
C.ARCHITECTURE > 05. Building techniques
Volume: 45
Depositing User: dr Laura Rampazzi
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 09:59
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2018 09:59
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