Engineering properties of unstabilized compressed earth blocks

William D. Lawson, Chaitanya Kancharla, Priyantha W. Jayawickrama

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This paper discusses the influence of molding pressure, moisture content, and curing period on compressive strength and flexural strength of unstabilized compressed earth blocks. Unstabilized compressed earth blocks were cast at two different molding pressures and three moisture contents and were tested at 7 and 28 days. Results show improvement in the compressive and flexural strength of blocks with increase in molding pressure. Loss of moisture content in the blocks due to air curing plays a vital role. Compressed earth blocks with high loss of moisture show the maximum compressive and flexural strength. Blocks compressed at the highest moisture content show the greatest improvement in strength due to curing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeo-Frontiers 2011
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Geotechnical Engineering - Proceedings of the Geo-Frontiers 2011 Conference
Number of pages10
Edition211 GSP
StatePublished - 2011
EventGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Mar 13 2011Mar 16 2011

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
Number211 GSP
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


ConferenceGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas, TX


  • Blocks
  • Curing
  • Soil compression
  • Soil water


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