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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 10)
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Effect of Binder’s Type on Physico-Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Mortars with a Basis of Coir

Athanas Konin
Corresponding Author:  Athanas Konin 

Key words:  Binder, coir, dry density, mechanical properties, thermal conductivity, water absorption,
Vol. 4 , (10): 1244-1249
Submitted Accepted Published
November 21, 2011 December 27, 2011 May 15, 2012

This study aims to study the effect of type of binder on properties of mortars with coir. Two types of binders were used for the manufacturing of mortars containing coir: lime is used as binder for mortar nº1 (Mortar 1) and cement is used for mortar nº2 (Mortar 2). The measurements of the physical, mechanical and thermal properties of the specimens show that Mortar 1 has higher water absorption values than those of Mortar 2 and consequently has the lowest values of thermal conductivity. The results also indicate that dry density of the specimens has more important role than the type of binder on mechanical properties. Relationships were established between mechanical properties and dry density of these mortars. These relationships are independent to the type of binder. The mortars also satisfied most recommended thermal insulation standards.
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Athanas Konin, 2012. Effect of Binder’s Type on Physico-Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Mortars with a Basis of Coir.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 4(10): 1244-1249.
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