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Title: Tensile bond strength of lime-based mortars: The role of the microstructure on their performance assessed by a new non-standard test method
Authors: Lopes dos Santos, A. R.
Veiga, M. R.
Santos Silva, A.
Brito, J.
Keywords: Aggregate;Lime-based mortar;Microstructure;New tensile bond strength test;Rehabilitation
Issue Date: May-2020
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: In recent years the study of renderings within conservation practice has acquired major technical and methodological advances. Due to the need of compatibility, usually repair mortars must be based on lime, and standardized tests are sometimes ineffective for these compatible substitution materials, which are often low strength mortars. The influence of the aggregates' characteristics on several factors that affect the adhesive strength of lime-based mortars is assessed and a new non-standard test method to determine the tensile bond strength of low strength mortars to porous substrates is presented and validated. The outcome shows that the new methodology offers the advantages of precision of the test device, ease of application and mostly consistency of the results. Furthermore, the main data show close relationship between the tensile bond strength and the pore size distribution of the mortars, which is very sensitive to the aggregates’ characteristics: In general, increasing the mortars pore volume of coarse pores (above the critical pore diameter of the substrate) strengthens the effective bond between these elements. Moreover, the compositional similarity between the aggregates and the substrate could also favour the bond between these elements.
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