Friday, October 01, 2010

Some Year Old Papers Related to Rammed Earth

While I was poking around for information related to John Cheah's work on Maori rammed earth housing, I found a couple more articles from the proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Non-conventional Materials and Technologies (NOCMAT 2009) that relate to our purview here at REi4E.

There's ACHIEVING CARBON NEUTRAL STRUCTURES THROUGH PURE TENSION: USING A FABRIC FORMWORK TO CONSTRUCT RAMMED EARTH COLUMNS AND WALLS by Alan Chandler and Rowland Keable which has not-to-be-missed photos of the world's first rammed earth mattresses

and

ASSESSING THE ANISOTROPY OF RAMMED EARTH by Quoc-Bao Bui and Jean-Claude Morel which attempts to settle a controversy at the heart of many fights between rival factions of engineers: Is rammed earth isotropic or not?

I can hardly wait to read the proceedings of 2010!