STUDIES ON STABILIZED MUD BLOCK AS A CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL

Document Type : Primary Research paper

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Assiatant Professor Department of Civil Engineering Nehru Institute of Technology

Abstract

Soil as a building material is available in most areas of the world. In developing
countries, earth construction is economically the most efficient means for house construction with the
least demand of resources. Investigation is carried out to find the suitable proportion of locally
available materials such as soil , coir , straw etc. with cement as stabilizers for improving the strength
of locally available mud blocks and thus to provide affordable housing. Using soil (from areas of
Neriamangalam) and stabilizers (cement, lime, straw fibre, coir fibre, plastic fibre), eleven different
types of samples were prepared. Tests were conducted on these samples in order to evaluate their
performance such as compressive strength and total water absorption on which the durability of the
blocks depend. The investigation has revealed that, out of all block samples, blocks which are
produced from10% cement (C10), 10% cement with 3% coir fibre (C10C) and 10% cement with 3%
plastic fibre (C10P) have compressive strength and total water absorption values above the
recommended minimum values for structural work.(IS 1725:1992)

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