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Design and Fabrication of Compressed Earth Block Machine for Low Cost Housing in Nigeria

Authors: Etin-Osa CE, Erhunmwun ID


Bricks/blocks are vital materials for building construction and their quality contributes to the longevity of the structure. This research was aimed at designing and fabricating a locally made manually operated clay stabilized block (CSB) machine. The fabricated machine was made from mild steel materials, and after fabrication, experiments were conducted using laterite sand and 5% cement to produce blocks. The machine is capable of producing blocks with good compressive strength of 3.53 N/mm2 and initial rate of absorption (IRA) of 1.39 kg/(m2min) at 5% cement stabilization on laterite sand. From the experiments conducted, the machine can be used for good quality block production.

Affiliations: Department of Production Engineering, University of Benin, PMB 1154, Benin City, Nigeria
Keywords: Stabilized Clay Brick/block, Initial Rate Of Absorption, Fabrication, Laterite, Bending Moment Diagram
Published date: 2020/06/30

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ISSN: 2635-3342 (Print)

ISSN: 2635-3350 (Online)

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Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Benin, PMB 1154, Ugbowo, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.