Historic rammed earth

Rammed earth is a simple construction technique where earth is compacted between formwork to make a homogeneous mass wall. Rammed earth has become a popular sustainable building material. This website grew out of my PhD research at the University of Durham. I carried out research into fundamentals mechanisms and analysis techniques which can be used when looking at earth buildings. Complex soil models have been used to explain the behaviour of rammed earth, and novel analysis strategies developed to enable better understanding of historic structures.The are also examples of historic rammed earth around the world, with studies of many sites in Spain, India, Nepal and Morocco.

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This website provides information about historic and modern rammed earth. The material is based on work which I did during my PhD at Durham University.

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