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ISRN Civil Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 282743, 8 pages
Research Article

Infiltration Kinetics of Wetting in a Building Plaster and the Effect of Added Glass and Hemp Fibers

1Laboratoire des Technologies Innovantes, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, IUT Génie Civil, Avenue des facultés, le bailly, 80025 Amiens, France
2Laboratoire GEMTEX, Ecole Nationale des Arts et Industries Textiles (ENSAIT), 2 allée Louise et Victor Champier, BP 30329, 59056 Roubaix Cedex 1, France

Received 28 November 2012; Accepted 25 January 2013

Academic Editors: S. Easa, C. Mazzotti, and A. A. Torres-Acosta

Copyright © 2013 Serge Gassita et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Capillary rise is an important cause of deterioration for plaster in building. This phenomenon has been studied by the tensiometric experimental technique. Structural and hydric characteristics of plaster have been determined. Decane, a perfectly impregnate fluid, has been used to calculate the porous constant characteristic called and other structural parameters like pore radius and specific surface. Evaluation of the sensibility of plaster for water has been evaluated in a second time. The angle constant and the capillary moisture content have been determined. A comparison between results for plaster and composite plaster with fiber has been done. The addition of glass and hemp fiber does not have important effect on hydric properties (angle constant), but we have observed influence on structural charecteristics (pore radius, porosity, and degree of heterogeneity).