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|title: ||Rehabilitation of an important cultural and architectural heritage: the traditional adobe constructions in Aveiro district|
|authors: ||Silveira, D.|
|keywords: ||Adobe constructions|
|issue date: ||2007|
|publisher: ||WIT Press|
|abstract: ||Adobe is a low-cost construction material, locally available, presents excellent
thermal and acoustic properties, and is associated to quite simple construction
methods that only require a small consumption of energy. It is indeed an
economically viable material, and its use respects the environmental equilibrium.
Rehabilitation and strengthening of existing traditional adobe constructions
contribute to the quality of life improvement of those who use them and for an
increase of associated safety levels, particularly if an effective seismic
strengthening is assured. The preservation of these constructions also contributes
for the recognition of the advantages that adobe, as a structural material,
presents, encouraging its use in new constructions, and allowing for the
reduction of the efforts and resources that are affected to new edifications that
normally replace the adobe existing ones.
A research group at the University of Aveiro has been developing work aimed
at the characterization of the vast traditional adobe constructed park of Aveiro
district, which constitutes an important architectonic and cultural heritage.
Studies on the composition and mechanical behaviour of adobe units and
mortars, and on the structural behaviour of adobe masonry walls were conducted.
These studies aim to establish a basis of knowledge that can support the
interpretation of structural pathologies, calibration of numerical models,
structural safety assessment, and design of strengthening solutions. This article
presents and discusses the developed work, explaining how it can contribute for
a more conscious development of rehabilitation practices.|
|publisher version/DOI: ||http://dx.doi.org/10.2495/SDP070682|
|source: ||Sustainable Development 2007: Third International Conference on Sustainable Devleopment and Planning|
|appears in collections||CIVIL - Comunicações|
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