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Analysis of Tapial structures for modern use and conservation

Augarde, C.E.; Jaquin, P.A.; Gerrard, C.M.


P.A. Jaquin


Tapial is an ancient form of rammed earth wall construction found in many parts of the world. In medieval Spain, Tapial was used in the construction of some large and complex structures, some many-storied. That these buildings remain standing (many remaining in use) is an indication of the durability of this form of construction, and is perhaps related to the climatic conditions found in central Spain. This paper describes an engineering study into an important structure in the Aragon region, significant parts of which are constructed in medieval Tapial, as well as other forms of construction. The aim of the study is both to improve understanding of the nature of this structure and to provide guidance on methods of preservation and new construction.


Augarde, C., Jaquin, P., & Gerrard, C. (2004). Analysis of Tapial structures for modern use and conservation.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name Structural analysis of historical constructions.
Start Date Nov 10, 2004
End Date Nov 13, 2004
Publication Date 2004
Deposit Date Sep 24, 2008
Publicly Available Date Sep 24, 2008
Keywords Rammed earth, Tapial, Conservation, Heritage structures.
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