What is it about?
This research shows how commonly used biopolymers like guar and xanthan gum can be used as a stabiliser to improve durability and hygroscopic properties of soil-based building materials like rammed earth or compressed earth blocks. Biopolymers provide satisfactory durability performance against water-induced deterioration. Unlike cement, biopolymers would not compromise on the hygroscopic properties of the material
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Why is it important?
This study is unique because it is the first of a kind to use naturally occurring biopolymers as a replacement to cement or lime as a stabilizer. Cement and lime are less sustainable and cause many environmental issues, by replacing them with biopolymers one can develop sustainable building materials.
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This page is a summary of: Durability and hygroscopic behaviour of biopolymer stabilised earthen construction materials, Construction and Building Materials, October 2020, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.119725.
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