Rising damp analysis and selection of optimal handling method in masonry construction

  • Norbert L. Harmati University of Novi Sad Faculty of Technical Sciences Department of Civil Engineering Serbia
  • Željko Jakšić University of Novi Sad Faculty of Technical Sciences Department of Civil Engineering Serbia
  • Milan Trivunić University of Novi Sad Faculty of Technical Sciences Department of Civil Engineering Serbia
  • Vesna Milovanović University of Novi Sad Faculty of Technical Sciences Department of Civil Engineering Serbia

Abstract

Masonry construction of architectural heritage is exposed to vertical rising damp process due to inappropriate waterproofing by causing decay and deterioration in porous construction materials. Numerous researches have been devoted in order to find an optimal remedial method for rising damp prevention. For this research in-situ monitoring and laboratory testing were performed in order to analyze the rising damp and masonry units’ quality in a specific building. The testing of physical and mechanical properties of specimens was done according to the standard.
This paper presents a methodical selection of an optimal rising damp treatment method. The selection was performed among the most disseminated rising damp prevention techniques used in engineering practice. The procedure of appropriate damp treatment is demonstrated according to the effectiveness, duration and economic aspects of the solution in comparison with recent studies. The main purpose of the analysis is to optimize rising damp treatment in masonry construction for conserving architectural heritage of great value.
Keywords: Masonry construction, rising damp, optimal handling method, handling selection
Published online
2014-10-21
How to Cite
Harmati, N., Jakšić, Željko, Trivunić, M., & Milovanović, V. (2014). Rising damp analysis and selection of optimal handling method in masonry construction. Periodica Polytechnica Civil Engineering, 58(4), 431-444. https://doi.org/10.3311/PPci.2113
Section
Research Article