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Analysis of Tapial structures for modern use and conservation.

Augarde, Dr. C.E. and Jaquin, P.A. and Gerrard, Dr. C.M. (2004) 'Analysis of Tapial structures for modern use and conservation.', Structural analysis of historical constructions. Padua, Italy, 10-13 November 2004.


Tapial is an ancient form of rammed earth wall construction found in many parts of the world. In medieval Spain, Tapial was used in the construction of some large and complex structures, some many-storied. That these buildings remain standing (many remaining in use) is an indication of the durability of this form of construction, and is perhaps related to the climatic conditions found in central Spain. This paper describes an engineering study into an important structure in the Aragon region, significant parts of which are constructed in medieval Tapial, as well as other forms of construction. The aim of the study is both to improve understanding of the nature of this structure and to provide guidance on methods of preservation and new construction.

Item Type:Conference item (Paper)
Additional Information:From: P.A. Jaquin, C.E. Augarde & C.M. Gerrard, Analysis of Tapial structures for modern use and conservation. In: C. Modena, P.B. Laurenço & P. Roca (eds), Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions, Possibilities of Numerical and Experimental Techniques. Proceedings of the 4th International Seminar on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions, 10–13 November 2004, Padova, Italy: pp. 1315-1321. © Taylor & Francis 2004. Used with permission.
Keywords:Rammed earth, Tapial, Conservation, Heritage structures.
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