Performance Of Natural Rubber Latex Stabilized Adobe Bricks

  • M.A. Abdulwahab Department of Civil Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife
  • A.A. Akindahunsi Department of Civil Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife
  • B.O. Onabanjo Department of Architecture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.
Keywords: adobe bricks, natural rubber latex, compressive strength, modulus of rupture, water absorption


This study investigated the stabilization of adobe bricks with natural rubber latex (NRL). The laterite used was characterized using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The effects of using NRL at 0, 1.25, 2.5, 3.75, 5 and 6.25 % by weight of laterite on compressive strength, modulus of rupture and water absorption properties of adobe bricks were examined.  Three hundred and seventy-eight specimens were cast, cured and tested for the above-mentioned tests at 7, 14, 21, 28, 56, 90 and 120 days. The results showed that NRL enhanced the properties of adobe bricks and 5% natural rubber stabilized adobe bricks gave the optimum results of all the tested properties. At 120 days of curing, the maximum compressive strength, the maximum modulus of rupture and the minimum percentage of water absorption at 0% NRL stabilizations are 0.69 N/mm2, 0.48N/mm2 and 18.50% respectively while at 5% NRL stabilization, the maximum compressive strength, the maximum modulus of rupture and the minimum percentage of water absorption are 2.25 N/mm2, 1.66 N/mm2 and 7.01% respectively.

Author Biographies

M.A. Abdulwahab, Department of Civil Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife

Department of Civil Engineering,  Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife

A.A. Akindahunsi, Department of Civil Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife

Department of Civil Engineering,  Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife

B.O. Onabanjo, Department of Architecture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

Department of Architecture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.


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Abdulwahab, M., Akindahunsi, A., & Onabanjo, B. (1). Performance Of Natural Rubber Latex Stabilized Adobe Bricks. Ife Journal of Technology, 25(1), 45-49. Retrieved from