The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 71 (1993) > Issues > Issue 17 > Lime as a Building Material
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Lime as a Building Material

Lime in this country is derived from the calcium carbonate limestones and chalks which shape the landscapes of southern England and the Midlands. Lime is the endproduct of a two-stage process which involves heating limestone to over 900°C to drive off chemically combined carbon dioxide, leaving behind calcium oxide - quicklime. Adding water causes a violent reaction as the oxide combines to form calcium hydroxide - lime. W.J. Allan and L.A. McDonald

Author(s): Allen, W J;McDonald, L A

Keywords: lime;history;properties;mortars