Characterisation of Historic Mortars for Conservation Diagnosis

  • P. Hauková
  • D. FrankeováEmail author
  • Z. Slížková


Currently, several techniques are available for characterisation of mortar binders for research and conservation purposes but not all of them are suitable and affordable for routine diagnostic purposes. Cost efficiency is a very important factor for the scientific and conservation community and is always taken into account when designing a research conservation program. For the characterisation of historic mortars, generally the identification of the binder nature (air lime, hydraulic lime …) is of outmost importance as well as the mineralogy, granulometry, amount of the aggregate and porosity. The present paper presents a sequence of cost-efficient and technically effective procedure for mortar characterisation for conservation diagnosis aims.


Mortar analysis Mortar characterisation Binder Aggregate Laboratory survey 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic for support to project DF12P01OVV018—Conditions and requirements of compatible care of historic porous inorganic materials.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics AS CR, v. v. i.PragueCzech Republic

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