Materiales de Construcción, Vol 66, No 324 (2016)

Influence of aggregate and supplementary cementitious materials on the properties of hydrated lime (CL90s) mortars

S. Pavía
Dep. of Civil Engineering, Trinity College, Ireland

M. Aly
Dep. of Civil Engineering, Trinity College, Ireland


Hydrated lime is a historic material currently used in conservation. It hardens slowly by carbonation slowing construction however, supplementary cementitious materials accelerate hardening enhancing strength. Hydrated-lime mortars with rice husk ash–RHA-; ground granulated blastfurnace slag–GGBS- and increasing amounts of two aggregates were studied. Increasing aggregate lowered strength as interfacial zones proliferate; it lowered hygric properties and raised water demand. Aggregate content/composition didn’t affect the high water retention. For the higher aggregate contents (90 days), limestone mortars are c.20% stronger than silica mortars while the (1:1) silica sand mortars are 56% stronger in flexion. Additions increased strength with little impact on hygric properties. GGBS increased strength c.six times. RHA increased strength with little impact on hygric properties due to its great specific surface and high water-demand increasing porosity. GGBS and RHA properties ruling hydrate production and the kinetics of the pozzolanic reaction are considered partially responsible for the mortar property variation.


Mortar; Lime; Pozzolan; Physical properties; Mechanical properties

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