Journal of Inorganic Materials ›› 2011, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (12): 1327-1334.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1077.2011.01327

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Research on Two Traditional Silicate Materials in China’s Ancient Building

ZHAO Lin-Yi1,2, LI Li3, LI Zui-Xiong1,2, WANG Jin-Hua3   

  1. (1. Key Laboratory of Mechanics on Western Disaster and Environment (Lanzhou University), Ministry of Education, Lanzhou 730000, China; 2. National Research Center for Conservation of Ancient Wall Paintings, Dunhuang 736200, China; 3. Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage, Beijing 100029, China)
  • Received:2011-05-09 Revised:2011-06-14 Online:2011-12-20 Published:2011-11-11
  • Contact: LI Zui-Xiong
  • About author:ZHAO Lin-Yi. E-mail:
  • Supported by:

    National Key Technology R&D Program in the 11th Five Year Plan of China (2009BAK53B07); The Scientific Research Project of Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage (2010JBKY-01)

Abstract: Silicate is one of the most typical materials in both traditional and modern buildings. A comparative analysis on two silicate materials (ginger nut and Aga soil) used in the ancient buildings of China was presented. The research suggests that ginger nut and Aga soil have similar chemical composition and physical properties. After they are calcined at 700-1400℃, they will have a combining characteristic of hydraulicity and nonhydraulicity. As the calcinations temperature rises, the nonhydraulic constituent is firstly increased and then decreased, and the hydraulic constituent is increasing regularly. Both chemical compositions and characteristics of the calcined ginger nut and Aga soil are similar to those of the “Hydraulic lime” in Europe. Thus the properties change of ginger nut and Aga soil can be used for repairing and reinforcing the stone, earthen, brick and ceramic relics.

Key words: ancient buildings, silicate, material, characteristic

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