Dataset for "Scale-up effects in alkali-activated soil blocks"

Chemical characterisation, mechanical testing and physical data describing the manufacturing process and properties of alkali-activated soil blocks.

alkali activation, earth construction, soil stabilisation

Cite this dataset as:
Marsh, A., Heath, A., Venkatarama Reddy, B., Krishnamurthy, P., Evernden, M., Patureau, P., Walker, P., 2020. Dataset for "Scale-up effects in alkali-activated soil blocks". Bath: University of Bath Research Data Archive. Available from:


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Chemical, physical and mechanical characterisation data for the journal article "Scale-up effects in alkali-activated soil blocks"


Alastair Marsh
University of Bath

Andrew Heath
University of Bath

B.V. Venkatarama Reddy
Indian Institute of Science

Preethi R Krishnamurthy
Indian Institute of Science

Mark Evernden
University of Bath

Pascaline Patureau
University of Bath

Pete Walker
University of Bath


University of Bath
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Collection date(s):

From 1 July 2018 to 1 October 2018


Data collection method:

The experimental approach and methodology is fully described in the accompanying article "Scale-up effects in alkali-activated soil blocks" .

Technical details and requirements:

For XRD (Figs. 1, 3, 4): Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns were taken with a Bruker D8 Advance diffractometer using Cu Kα (λ = 1.54060 Å) X-radiation using a step size of 0.02 °(2θ). For the precursor soil and act-120h samples, a different Bruker D8 Advance diffractometer was used with monochromatic CuKα (λ = 1.540598 Å) X-radiation and a step size of 0.016 °(2θ). Patterns were corrected for specimen height shift by calibrating to the most intense quartz reflection (101) at 26.6 °(2θ), and normalised to the most intense reflection in each respective pattern. Phase identification was done using Bruker EVA software. For measuring specimen mass (Fig. 7): The mass change behaviour of the block specimens was measured after curing, and after 7 days ageing time. Average values and standard deviations were calculated for ≥4 measurements for each series. For measuring UCS (Fig. 10): Unconfined compressive strength (UCS) testing was done at 7 ±1 days ageing time, using a TUN600 Universal Testing Machine. At least four block specimens were tested for each series. The frogs on both sides of each block specimen were filled in with a mix of Plaster of Paris and <1.18 mm sieved sand to create a level surface. For measuring particle density (Fig. 11): Particle density was measured by He gas displacement using a Micromeritics Accupyc 1330. Before measurement, powder samples were heated at 150°C under vacuum for 1 hour.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

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UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI)

Developing Earth Based Building Products Utilising Solid Wastes

Publication details

Publication date: 6 August 2020
by: University of Bath

Version: 1


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Related papers and books

Marsh, A., Heath, A., Reddy, B. V. V., Krishnamurthy, P. R., Evernden, M., Patureau, P. and Walker, P., 2020. Scale-up effects in alkali-activated soil blocks. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Construction Materials, pp.1-13. Available from:

Contact information

Please contact the Research Data Service in the first instance for all matters concerning this item.

Contact person: Alastair Marsh


Faculty of Engineering & Design
Architecture & Civil Engineering

Faculty of Science

Research Centres & Institutes
BRE Centre in Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM)
Centre for Doctoral Training in Decarbonisation of the Built Environment (dCarb)