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Observations on Limes

By C W Pasley

Publication date 1997

160 pages

This volume represents a small part of the book Sir Charles Pasley wrote in 1838 which detailed his own experiments in the development of artificial cement for military uses.

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 Observations on Limes



By C W Pasley

Publication date 1997

160 pages

This volume represents a small part of the book Sir Charles Pasley wrote in 1838 which detailed his own experiments in the development of artificial cement for military uses. Whilst much of the first part of Pasley's work is of limited use to those involved with the care of historic buildings today, the section that Donhead has chose to reprint provides a fascinating insight into the developments using lime during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Michael Wingate's excellent introduction to this edition offers a helpful present day prespective of the work understaken on lime in the period, and shows how relevant such research is to conservation practitioners and others currently specifying or directly working with lime.

Contents:

Pasley has summarized and explained the work and experiments of the most important authors of the period including Smeaton (1791), parker (1796), Vicat (1818 and 1828), Treussart (1829) and Godwin (1836). Pasley's text reveals the contrast between those, like Dr Higgins, who set out to achieve exceptional performance from the simplest of limes, and others such as John Smeaton, who understood how strength for the toughest conditions could be achieved from impure limes.

About the Author:

Charles William Pasley (1780-1861) was a general in the Royal Engineers. In 1812 he established a new military educational institution, The Royal Engineer Establishment at Chatham.

From the Reviews:

Michael Wingate's introduction is a helpful present day perspective on the work of lime undertaken in that period, and it shows how relevant development of such research is to conservation practitioners.

RIBA Conservation Forum

.....a fascinating insight into developments using lime during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Building Engineer

Observations on Limes by Pasley is another (with Mortars and Cements) intensely researched analysis of experiments relating to the performance of various mortars, particulary hydraulic limes under various conditions.

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