Char­ac­ter­is­tics study of Sta­bi­lized and Com­pressed La­terite Soil Bricks

NBM&CW - - COMPRESSED SOIL BRICKS -

and low-cost energy ma­te­ri­als for sus­tain­able build­ing ap­pli­ca­tions [5].

High cost of build­ing ma­te­ri­als has been the bane of construction industry in the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries as a re­sult of im­port of most of the build­ing ma­te­ri­als. As prices in­crease sharply, there is a grow­ing aware­ness to re­late re­search to lo­cal ma­te­ri­als as al­ter­na­tives for the construction of func­tional but low-cost dwellings both in the ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas [1]. One of such lo­cal ma­te­ri­als that is be­ing re­searched is la­t­eritic soil. La­t­eritic soil has been one of the ma­jor build­ing ma­te­ri­als for a long time. The main rea­son lies on the fact that it is read­ily avail­able and the cost of procur­ing it is rel­a­tively low [1].

La­t­eritic soil pos­sesses other ad­van­tages which makes it po­ten­tially a very good and ap­pro­pri­ate ma­te­rial for construction, es­pe­cially for the construction of ru­ral struc­tures in the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. These mer­its in­clude lit­tle or no spe­cial­ized skilled labour re­quired for la­t­er­ized com­pressed blocks/bricks pro­duc­tion and for its use in other construction works [6].

The use of sta­bi­lized mud blocks is an al­ter­na­tive to burnt bricks, where soil is be­ing sta­bi­lized with the sta­bi­liz­ers like ce­ment, lime, mo­lasses etc. and press­ing them un­der high com­paction, hence, avoid burning. In avoid­ance of process

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