Moisture fixation and thermal properties of lime–hemp concrete

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Lime–hemp concrete (LHC) is a sustainable building material that combines hemp shiv and building limes. Moisture fixation and thermal properties of LHC were determined so as to gain knowledge about the material’s behaviour in a cold, wet climate. Sorption isotherms were produced over the whole moisture range for two LHC mixes by means of glass jar tests and a pressure plate apparatus. Thermal properties were determined for the mixes at different relative humidities using a transient plane source method. The results showed relatively low thermal conductivity and a steep sorption isotherm in the interval between 95% and 100% RH.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Materials Engineering


  • Lime–hemp concrete, Moisture fixation, Sorption isotherm, Glass jar test, Pressure plate apparatus, Thermal conductivity, Thermal diffusivity, Specific heat capacity, Sustainability, Hemp shiv
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1235-1242
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch