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Studies on termite hill and lime as partial replacement for cement in plastering

Olusola, K. O and Ata, O. and Olanipekun, E. A and Olateju, O. T (2006) Studies on termite hill and lime as partial replacement for cement in plastering. Building and Environment 41. pp. 302-306.

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Abstract

This study investigated the compressive strength and water absorption capacity of 50�50�50mm mortar cubes made from mixes containing lime, termite hill and cement and sand.Two mix ratios (1:4 and 1:6) and varying binder replacements of cement with lime or termite hill amounting to 0%, 10%, 20%, 30%, 40% and 50% were used.Test results showed that the compressive strength of the mortar cubes increases with age and decreases with increasing percentage replacement of cement with lime and termite hill.However, for mix ratio 1:6, up to 20% replacement of cement with either lime or termite hill, all the mortar cubes had the same strength; subsequently, the termite hill exhibited a higher compressive strength.For mix ratio 1:4, mortar cubes made from lime/cement and termite hill/cement mixtures had the same strength at 50% replacement.Generally, water absorption is higher in mixtures containing lime (18.10% and 14.20% for mix ratios 1:6 and 1:4, respectively, both at 50% replacement level) than those containing termite hill (16.10% and 13.02% for mix ratios 1:6 and 1:4, respectively, both at 50% replacement level). Termite hills seem to be promising as a suitable, locally available housing material for plastering. r 2005 Elsevier Ltd.All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2013 23:18
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2013 23:18
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/1616

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