CHARACTERIZATION OF MORTARS FROM ANCIENT AND TRADITIONAL WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS IN SICILY

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Abstract

Long aged mortars from ancient hydraulic constructions of Sicily, i.e. the Roman aqueduct of Thermae and the Punic cisterns and traditional water supply systems in Pantelleria, have been characterised by means of XRD analysis, optical microscopy and simultaneous thermal analysis to correlate the hydraulic properties to the texture and to their different role in the construction, i.e. lining, covering, roofing and joint mortars. According to a procedure proposed in the literature all of the samples, but two air hardening ones, show high hydraulicity, which somehow can be related to the characteristics of aggregates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-330
JournalJournal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Volume92,1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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