Investigation of impregnants for low-cost buildings

Ren, Kebao (1995) Investigation of impregnants for low-cost buildings. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


Masonry building materials are more or less permeable. Water is the most significant factor in building deterioration by capillary water penetration. Impregnation of masonry with water repellents particularly with silicone impregnants is the most successful method of protection of masonry from capillary water absorption. This thesis investigates the various impregnants available for low-cost buildings and measures their effectiveness. It also develops a new impregnant to consolidate mud brick and effect water repellency.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0912 Materials Engineering
Historical > FOR Classification > 0303 Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords Water repellents, silcone resins, Dampness in buildings, impregnants, building materials, mud brick buildings, hydrocarbon solvents
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