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Title: Characterization of adobes in the Central Plateau of Angola.
Authors: Pedro, Elsa C.D.
Duarte, Isabel M.R.
Varun, Humberto
Pinho, António B.
Editors: Lollino, Giorgio
Giordan, Daniele
Marunteanu, Cristian
Christaras, Basiles
Yoshinori, Iwasaki
Margottini, Claudio
Keywords: Adobe
Earth construction
Characterization of built heritage
Central Plateau of Angola
Tropical soils
Physical properties of soils
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Pedro, E., Duarte, I., Varum, H. & Pinho, A. (2015). Characterization of adobes in the Central Plateau of Angola. Engineering Geology for Society and Territory, G. Lollino, D. Giordan, C. Marunteanu, B. Christaras, I. Yoshinori & C. Margottini (Eds). Preservation of Cultural Heritage.Vol. 8, 54, 311-316. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-09407-6; ISBN 978-3-319-09408-3 (eBook); Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-09408-3_54
Abstract: In Angola, the earth construction constitutes part of the built and cultural her-itage. Numerous buildings made of raw earth, built with ancient techniques and methods, are distributed throughout the country. There are a considerable number of structures in wattle and daub, mud and more recently on CEB (Compressed Earth Block). But, adobe constitutes itself as the most widely used technique based on raw earth. Given the current development of the country, and the possibility of integrat-ing systems and alternative construction materials that respects the environ-ment, adobe construction is one of the most suitable options. Associating the scientific work to the ancestral knowledge, it can be improved and optimized these solutions, responding to the current social, economic and environmental requirements. This paper presents the results of a survey on the characterization of con-struction with raw earth in Central Plateau of Angola, involving the identifica-tion of collecting sites of the raw material, building methods, and the determi-nation of the properties of representative materials used in the adobe build-ings. The methodology followed in this research was based on the compilation of the information available in the literature, on interviews to the local popula-tions and on laboratory tests to characterize the physical properties (texture, consistency, density, etc.). The results of the research will identify and characterize the materials and methods used in the constructions with raw earth in Central Plateau of Ango-la, contributing to the development of knowledge of these sustainable solu-tions with a strong presence in this region.
ISBN: 978-3-319-09407-6
978-3-319-09408-3 (eBook)
Type: bookPart
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