Materials and Structures

, Volume 41, Issue 8, pp 1465–1472 | Cite as

Applicability of rheometers to characterizing earth mortar behavior. Part I: experimental device and validation

  • Givanildo Azeredo
  • Jean-Claude Morel
  • Claude-Henri Lamarque
Original Article


The workability of earth mortars made with natural soils composed of clay and sand, also called soil mortars, such as sand–cement mortars, is in general studied using simple methods that are very useful in situ but are often incapable of describing the rheology in the fresh state. A more precise understanding of earth mortar behavior in the fresh state would enable more accurate prescription for building. The experimental devices used today, e.g., the slump test or flow table, indicate only one measurement which could possibly yield one rheological parameter, whereas at least two parameters are necessary to define the constitutive law of fresh sand–cement mortars in the case of a Bingham fluid behavior. A rheometer procedure is studied here in order to determine an earth mortar behavior law. Since this was the first time that this device was used with this material, we had to develop our experimental procedure using a rheometer, such as the blades required to shear the earth mortar and also the range of the applied rotation speed. The calibration of two blades is discussed and an interval of speed and time adequate for the test is given to define the earth mortar’s rheology.


Earth mortar Adobe Rheology Workability Masonry Sustainable development 



The authors wish to acknowledge the support of the CAPES, a Brazilian institute that financed the scholarship for a 4-year PhD student in France, along with the staff of the Civil Engineering Department and Geomaterials Laboratory of the ENTPE engineering school, who authorized and guided the progress of this research. The Universidade Federal da Paraíba and the Departamento de Engenharia Civil is warmly thanked for allowing the first author to carry out this work. Mrs. C. O’Brien is also warmly thanked for correcting the English of the paper and Mr P. Portail for the calibration of the blades.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Givanildo Azeredo
    • 1
  • Jean-Claude Morel
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Claude-Henri Lamarque
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Departamento de Engenharia Civil Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Cidade UniversitáriaCastelo BrancoBrazil
  2. 2.Université de LyonLyonFrance
  3. 3.Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’EtatVaulx-en-VelinFrance
  4. 4.Département Génie Civil et BâtimentCNRS, URA 1652Vaulx-en-VelinFrance

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