Materiales de Construcción, Vol 69, No 334 (2019)

Petrophysical-mechanical behavior of Grisolia stone found in the architectural heritage of southern Italy


https://doi.org/10.3989/mc.2019.04118

G. Forestieri
Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de la Sabana, Campus Universitario del Puente del Común, Colombia
orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2557-8637

M. Alvarez de Buergo
Instituto de Geociencias IGEO (CSIC-UCM). Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7520-2390

Abstract


Grisolia is one of the building stones most commonly found in the architectural heritage of southern Italy. Also known commercially as “gold stone” for its yellow intrusions, Grisolia was employed by the leading Calabrian schools of stonemasons, principally in the southern Italian regions of Calabria and Basilicata. It is an Upper Triassic crystalline carbonate quarried in the Verbicaro Unit on Calabria’s northern Tyrrhenian coast.

Possessing petrographic, physical and mechanical properties that ensure stone strength and durability, it is a high-quality building material suitable for structural and ornamental uses. These properties can be attributed to its low open porosity and excellent hydric behavior (low capillary water absorption), as well as to its high mechanical strength and low anisotropy. These characteristics make it recommendable as a building material for both restoration and new construction.

Keywords


Limestone; Characterization; Physical properties; Mechanical properties

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