Effect of Curing Condition on Some Properties of Cement Stabilized Lateritic Interlocking Bricks
The effect of three different curing conditions on the compressive strength and water absorption of lateritic interlocking bricks, produced with laterite stabilized with 0 %, 2 %, 4 %, 6 % and 8 % cement content was investigated. The study is aimed at providing an alternative to the conventional method of curing interlocking bricks. The three curing conditions used in the study are A (covering of bricks with tarpaulin after sprinkling with water twice a day) B (complete immersion in water) C (complete covering with air and water tight polythene bags). Laterite used in the production of interlocking bricks was as an A-2-7 soil, using the AASHTO system of soil classification. Compressive strength of bricks increased with cement content and days under the different curing conditions, 28 day optimum compressive strength values of 4.28 N/mm2, 3.67 N/mm2 and 3.67 N/mm2 at 8 % cement content was obtained from bricks using curing condition C B and A respectively. Water absorption value decreased with cement content under the different curing conditions, minimum water absorption values of 2.44 %, 1.68 % and 1.72 % at 8 % cement content was obtained with bricks cured under curing condition A B and C respectively. Based on results of test, curing condition C is recommended for use in the production of cement stabilized interlocking bricks, as this will enhance effective production of interlocking bricks in areas where water is scarce.
Prof. A.O. Akii Ibhadode and E.O. Aluyor
M. Joel and J. E. Edeh, "Effect of Curing Condition on Some Properties of Cement Stabilized Lateritic Interlocking Bricks", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 824, pp. 37-43, 2013