Potentialities of Egyptian Gypsum for Housing

by Mahmoud A. Reda Youssef, Assoc. Prof.; Struct. Engrg. Dept., Cairo Univ., Cairo, Egypt,
Albert G.H. Dietz, (Hon.M.ASCE), Prof. Emeritus of Building Engrg.; Dept. of Architecture, Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, Mass. 02139,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 4, Pg. 671-688

Document Type: Journal Paper


Gypsum is one of the indigenous materials for housing being studied by Cairo University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the Technology Adaptation Program. This program is supported by the Agency for International Development of the United States Department of State. Newly-found large deposits make gypsum attractive. Strength, density, retarders, optimum composition, and additives such as sawdust and foaming agents are examined. Solid and cored gypsum block, and the strength characteristics of walls made of such units, are compared with traditional red brick and sand-lime brick.

Subject Headings: Gypsum | Housing | Aging (material) | Strength of materials | Bricks | Colleges and universities | Chemical additives | Solid mechanics

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