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Calculation method to determine capillary properties of building materials with automatic free water intake test

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Original languageEnglish
Article number02037
Number of pages6
JournalMATEC Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


The water absorption coefficient and capillary saturation water content are common building physical material properties. This paper presents a calculation method to determine these values with an automated free water intake test arrangement. Buoyancy affects weighing results in the automatic measurement and it is recommended to take these factors into account when deriving the real water intake of a specimen. A new mathematical method is presented and trial experiments have been conducted. The method is proven to work with the polymer modified plaster, concrete, autoclaved aerated concrete and lightweight aggregate concrete, which represent materials from both extremes of capillary activity. The functionality and advantages of the test arrangement for both low and high suction materials are presented.

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