A framework for specifying natural hydraulic lime mortars for masonry construction

Alan Mark Forster, Kate Carter

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    The selection of lime mortars for masonry structures can be an important component of a repair or new build project. This selection is considered difficult due to the number of variables to consider during the decision making process and the perceived inherent complexity of the materials.

    An approach has been developed to assist mortar specification that incorporates key factors that should be considered: the nature and depth of survey; fabric evaluation; climatic exposure; building detailing; materials for mortars; durability classification; and individual element exposure levels. The aim is to provide clarity in the process of mortar specification in masonry construction. This provides a framework for sensible and defensible, selection of durable mortar types.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)373-396
    JournalStructural Survey
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011


    • Hydraulic limes, exposure and climate, mortar durability, building detailing


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