Adobe's Mechanical Characterization in Ancient Constructions: The Case of Aveiro's Region


Article Preview

Adobe is commonly found in Aveiro's ancient constructions. Preservation and rehabilitation of those constructions, some of them with architectural and historical interest, has been forgotten for many years. As a result, in Aveiro region, the majority of existing constructions in adobe is structurally weak, and, in several cases, they are in the threshold of ruin. Rehabilitation and/or strengthening urge. Despite some efforts has been made, a great difficulty for technicians working on the rehabilitation of these constructions relies on the lack of knowledge on adobe's mechanical behaviour. In fact, in order to properly describe the structural behaviour of those constructions, there is a need to investigate the mechanical behaviour of adobe. Hence, this paper is based on a study intended to characterise the behaviour of adobe brick units. Specimens were prepared from selected representative constructions of the Aveiro region. The prepared specimens were tested in order to evaluate their mechanical behaviour in compression and tension.



Materials Science Forum (Volumes 514-516)

Edited by:

Paula Maria Vilarinho




T. Martins and H. Varum, "Adobe's Mechanical Characterization in Ancient Constructions: The Case of Aveiro's Region", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 514-516, pp. 1571-1575, 2006

Online since:

May 2006




[1] J. Vargas; J. Bariola; M. Blondet and K. Mehta (1984).

[2] J.R. Arango González, Uniaxial deformation-stress behaviour of the rammed-earth of the Alcazaba Cadima, Materials and Structures, University of Granada (Spain), (1999).


[3] E. Veiga Oliveira and F. Galhano, Arquitectura Tradicional Portuguesa, Portugal de perto, Publicações D. Quixote, Lisboa, (1992).

[4] RILEM Technical Recommendations for the Testing and Use of Construction Materials (1994), E & FN Spon, London, England.