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Thermophysical and Mechanical Characterization of Poto-Poto Compressed Blocks for Use as Fill Material

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This article is devoted to the thermophysical and mechanical study of an eco-material, poto-poto. The objective is to study the influence of the addition of bamboo fibers on the thermophysical properties of the material, while verifying that it complies with the mechanical standards in Cameroon. A double study is therefore carried out: a mechanical characterization whose objective is to determine the mechanical properties (compressive strength, flexural strength and Young's modulus) and a thermophysical characterization whose objective is to determine the thermal conductivity. For the thermophysical characterization, the asymmetric hot plane experimental setup based on 1D quadrupole modelling was developed and simulated for the estimation of thermal effusivity E and volume heat capacity ρC p. The obtained experimental results show that the apparent thermal conductivity of the developed materials decreases with increasing fibers. Although the reference material (0% fibers) has a much higher conductivity than the ordinary sand block (1.15 Wm −1 K −1), the addition of fibers, already at 2%, contributes to decrease this conductivity (0.95 Wm −1 K −1). From the point of view of thermal insulation and energy savings, the thermal conductivity results obtained show that the use of these materials with a maximum fibercontent of 6% would be a better thermal insulator than sand block or compressed earth brick. The compressive strength obtained is such that R c > 0.6 MPa. All the materials developed meet the design standards when used as infill.
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hal-03512735 , version 1 (05-01-2022)

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Kowa K Eric, Jean Claude Damfeu, Pettang J Ursulala, Joël Ducourneau, Paul Woafo, et al.. Thermophysical and Mechanical Characterization of Poto-Poto Compressed Blocks for Use as Fill Material. Materials Sciences and Applications, 2021, 12 (10), pp.437 - 459. ⟨10.4236/msa.2021.1210029⟩. ⟨hal-03512735⟩
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