PROF. ARCH. G VALLETTA(1), PROF. ARCH. G PEDEMONTE(1), ARCH. J J FONTANA(1),
DR. ING. Q R TALERO(2) and DR. ING. Q A DELGADO(2)
(1) University of Uruguay -.Faculty of Architecture Institute of Construction Science, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(2) Instº. C.C. “Eduardo Torroja”-CSIC-Spain, E-mail: email@example.com
The present article addresses the viability of reinforcing brick walls with non-traditional materials such as fibreglass.
In asmuch as the development of this technique is still in the research stage world-wide and practical building experience is scant, strength tests were conducted on specially designed specimens made of recycled demolition brick dating from the early 20th century. The experiments were run as specified in Spanish standard UNE-EN 1052-1 (April 1991).
Of the various fibre reinforcement systems, the type analyzed here consisted in composite materials made from carbon fibre or fibreglass fabric and structural adhesive epoxy resins. The use of fibreglass reinforcement in rubble walls was studied in the context of local construction practice, materials, mortar and procedures.