DB-HERITAGE: A database of mortars composition and characteristics

António Santos Silva, Rodrigo Giollo, M. João Correia, M. Rosário Veiga, Paulina Faria

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Mortars are materials that are present in constructions from the antiquity to nowadays, being complex in terms of their constituents, incorporating traditions and techniques related to the local knowledge. Furthermore, mortar characteristics are also dependent of its role and use in a particular local and environment. The knowledge of the mortars constituents, characteristics and behavior in their specific conditions is important in several contexts, namely in terms of materials history and for better definition of conservation strategies. That knowledge, obtained by many different researchers and practitioners of the area, should be easily available for all the people who need it, both for
research and for direct use in the field. This was the context of the DB-HERITAGE database project (http://dbheritage.lnec.pt/), which intends to build a repository for historical building materials, and a free-access IT-tool to collect the related data on this construction material, including from conservative interventions made on mortars applied on historic constructions. An overview of the database
tools will be presented in this paper, exemplifying some of its outputs and potentialities related to historic mortars in different case studies in Portugal.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRILEM Pro 130
EditorsJosé Ignacio Alvarez, José María Fernández, Íñigo Navarro, Adrián Durán, Rafael Sirera
Place of PublicationFrance
PublisherRILEM Publications SARL
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-35158-222-0, 516-528
ISBN (Print)978-2-35158-221-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event5th Historic Mortars Conference - Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
Duration: 19 Jun 201921 Jun 2019
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameRILEM Proceedings
PublisherRILEM Publications SARL


Conference5th Historic Mortars Conference
Abbreviated titleHMC2019
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  • Building Materials; Building Heritage; Free ICT Tools; Web-Based Database


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