Compression and diagonal tension test on walls made using recycled newspaper and paste of yucca starch

José Chanchí Golondrino, Diego Bonilla Campos, John Gaviria Rojas, John Giraldo López


This article describes the conception process, research development and implementation process at the laboratory level of a masonry unit with top and bottom semiovoid chock and made using recycled newspaper and paste of yucca starch. The devel ped implementation process has been used to make a set of masonry units to build walls. The article presents a methodology related to the constructive process of the walls in the real constructive context. This methodology was used to build 6 walls for characterization of the mechanical behaviour at two levels: axial compression and diagonal tension (shear). A discussion about the behaviour of the wall speciments and conclusions about the behaviour in the real context are presented. Finally, a feasibility analysis related to the structural application of the walls in the construction field of the civil engineering is argued.

Rev. ing. constr. [online]. 2008, vol.23, n.3, pp. 145-154. ISSN 0718-5073.


Walls; recycled newspaper; paste of yucca starch; compression strength; diagonal tension strength


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