Materiales de Construcción, Vol 65, No 318 (2015)

Mineralogical, textural and physical-mechanical study of hydraulic lime mortars cured under different moisture conditions

A. Arizzi, G. Martinez-Huerga, E. Sebastián-Pardo, G. Cultrone



This work focuses on the chemical-mineralogical, textural and physical-mechanical properties of hydraulic lime mortars made with siliceous and calcareous aggregate. Mortars were cured at 60% and 90% of relative humidity, so as to assess the variability of mortar petrophysical properties in the hardened state due to the moisture conditions. The final aim was to determine the most adequate moisture conditions to be maintained during application and hardening of hydraulic mortars intended for repair interventions. We found out that using a calcareous aggregate and curing mortar at 90% of relative humidity give place to better textural and mechanical properties. However, these characteristics mostly depend on the maximum size of the aggregate grains, which should be smaller than 6 mm, in order to avoid the occurrence of mechanical discontinuities in the mortar.


Mortar; Curing; Carbonation; Calcium silicate hydrate (C-S-H); Characterization

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