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Thermo-mechanical behaviour of the structures of tropical clays from Togo (West Africa) fired at 500 °C, 850 °C and 1060 °C

Authors
Journal
Construction and Building Materials
0950-0618
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
27
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2011.08.009
Keywords
  • Biodegradable Materials
  • Clay Structures
  • Thermo-Mechanical Characterisation
  • Physical Properties
  • Environmentally Friendly
Disciplines
  • Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Geography

Abstract

Abstract This study aims to develop new environmentally friendly construction materials that compete with modern materials in civil engineering. The paper deals in particular with tropical clays in order to develop new processing of clay based construction materials such as bricks, roof and floor tiles, for building needs in developing countries. Physical and thermo-mechanical characterisations are carried out on six tropical clay varieties from Togo (West Africa). The mechanical resistance is carried out on clay structures fired at 500 °C, 850 °C and 1060 °C. Relationships between the physical properties and the mechanical characteristics of clay structures have been established.

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