Durability Assessment of Consolidation Effect on Sandstone Monuments

Durability Assessment of Consolidation Effect on Sandstone Monuments, Ludovico-Marques, Marco, and Chastre Carlos , 41th IAHS Word Congress of Housing. Sustainability and Innovation for the Future, 13-16 September , Albufeira, Portugal, p.10p, (2016) copy at https://docentes.fct.unl.pt/cmcr/publications/durability-assessment-consolidation-effect-sandstone-monuments

Date Presented:

13-16 September


The façades of St. Leonard’s church and the castle in Atouguia da Baleia village in western region of Portugal are monuments built in Middle Ages. Significant stone degradation patterns are visible, being the alveolization an outstanding case study.The more porous type of sandstones similar to the variety found in the vernacular architecture of Atouguia da Baleia was treated with ethyl silicates. In order to allow the study of the durability of these conservation treatments, accelerated artificial ageing salt crystallization tests were carried out and an automatic ageing chamber was developed.Physical and mechanical behaviour was assessed on consolidated specimens before and after accelerated artificial ageing salt crystallization tests. The authors propose a prediction of the durability of these consolidation treatments by means of the salt crystallization ageing results.


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