Materiales de Construcción, Vol 51, No 262 (2001)

Influence of water-repellent treatment on the properties lime and lime pozzolan mortars

C. Fortes Revilla
Instituto de Ciencias de la Construcción EduardoTorroja (CSIC), Spain

M. T. Blanco Varela
Instituto de Ciencias de la Construcción EduardoTorroja (CSIC), Spain


The influence that water-repellent products can have on physical and micro-structural properties of lime mortars, and lime plus pozzolan mortars has been studied. Three water repellent products have been used. Mixes of the previously mentioned three water repellents plus a biocide product were also applied. Treatments make the total porosity and saturation coefficient of both mortars to decrease, while colorimetric coordinates bear little alteration. All treatments with water repellent products provided mortars with a hydrophobic property index close to 100%. Durability of such mortars has been also studied: salt crystallization test, frost-thaw and dry-wet cycles, as well as ultraviolet radiation test were carried out. Relationship between mortars behavior and their porosity and saturation coefficient were found.

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