Theses (Historic Preservation)

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Thesis or dissertation

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Suggested Citation:
Rogers, Sara B. (2011). Evaluation and Testing of Brick Dust as a Pozzolanic Additive to Lime Mortars for Architectural Conservation. (Masters Thesis). University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.


The purpose of this research is to identify an optimal methodology for determining whether a given brick dust will produce a pozzolanic reaction when combined with lime. This property will be referred to as pozzolanicity. The research required a review of the properties of pozzolanic materials, the nature of the pozzolanic reaction, and a review of existing methods for determining pozzolanicity. A testing program performed at the Architectural Conservation Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania was designed and executed to evaluate methods for testing pozzolanicity of brick dust to determine their efficacy. An evaluation of the tests was the final result of the research, along with recommendations for ways in which this immensely valuable resource can be tested and utilized economically and sustainably for conservation work in the future.



Date Posted: 04 May 2012