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dc.contributor.authorTeixeira, Elisabete Rodriguespor
dc.contributor.authorMachado, Gilbertopor
dc.contributor.authorJunior, Adilson de Paulapor
dc.contributor.authorGuarnier, Christianepor
dc.contributor.authorFernandes, Jorge Emanuel Pereirapor
dc.contributor.authorSilva, Sandra Monteiropor
dc.contributor.authorMateus, Ricardopor
dc.identifier.citationTeixeira, E.R.; Machado, G.; P. Junior, A.; Guarnier, C.; Fernandes, J.; Silva, S.M.; Mateus, R. Mechanical and Thermal Performance Characterisation of Compressed Earth Blocks. Energies 2020, 13, 2978.por
dc.description.abstractThe present research is focused on an experimental investigation to evaluate the mechanical, durability, and thermal performance of compressed earth blocks (CEBs) produced in Portugal. CEBs were analysed in terms of electrical resistivity, ultrasonic pulse velocity, compressive strength, total water absorption, water absorption by capillarity, accelerated erosion test, and thermal transmittance evaluated in a guarded hotbox setup apparatus. Overall, the results showed that compressed earth blocks presented good mechanical and durability properties. Still, they had some issues in terms of porosity due to the particle size distribution of soil used for their production. The compressive strength value obtained was 9 MPa, which is considerably higher than the minimum requirements for compressed earth blocks. Moreover, they presented a heat transfer coefficient of 2.66 W/(m2·K). This heat transfer coefficient means that this type of masonry unit cannot be used in the building envelope without an additional thermal insulation layer but shows that they are suitable to be used in partition walls. Although CEBs have promising characteristics when compared to conventional bricks, results also showed that their proprieties could even be improved if optimisation of the soil mixture is implemented.por
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors would like to acknowledge the support granted by the FEDER funds through the Competitively and Internationalization Operational Programme (POCI) and by national funds through FCT (the Foundation for Science and Technology) within the scope of the project with the reference POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029328, and of the Ph.D. grant with the reference PD/BD/113641/2015, which were fundamental for the development of this study.por
dc.publisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)por
dc.subjectCompressed earth blocks (CEBs)por
dc.subjectCompressive strengthpor
dc.subjectGuarded hot boxpor
dc.subjectThermal transmittancepor
dc.titleMechanical and thermal performance characterisation of compressed earth blockspor
dc.subject.fosEngenharia e Tecnologia::Engenharia Civilpor
dc.subject.wosScience & Technologypor
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