Concretes and Mortars in Ancient Aque-Ducts


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Title: Concretes and Mortars in Ancient Aque-Ducts

Author(s): Roman Malinowski

Publication: Concrete International

Volume: 1

Issue: 1

Appears on pages(s): 66-76

Keywords: aqueducts; calcium carbonates; carbonation; cracking (fracturing); crushed brick; durability; joint sealers; lime cements; mortars (materials); plaster; shrinkage; strength.

Date: 1/1/1979

Some ancient types of water conduits-tunnels, arch construction, and pressure conduits-are dealt with. Building materials for lining, concrete, mortar, and plaster based chiefly on lime as binding material as well as a paste for sealing joints in pressure ducts were examined. Experiments were carried- out to imitate an expanding sealant described by Vitruvius. The causes for the great tightness, strength, and resistance of the ancient carbonate concretes were analyzed. [Author]