© 2018 Taylor & Francis. Adobe bricks, formed from raw clay, are used as construction materials since ancient times. Their main drawback is a low flexural and compressive strength. Agave bagasse is a waste material from the Mezcal production process. Angustifolia haw agave bagasse fiber was added to improve the properties of adobes. Adobe bricks were made with agave fibers ranging from 10 to 25 mm length and 0.25 to 1% concentration. At 1% concentration of agave, 25 mm long, the compressive and flexural strength are improved by 33% and 7.01%, fulfilling the requirements of Mexican construction regulation norm N-CMT-2-01-001/02 class C.
Caballero-Caballero, M., Chinas-Castillo, F., Montes Bernabé, J. L., Alavéz-Ramirez, R., & Silva Rivera, M. E. (2018). Effect on compressive and flexural strength of agave fiber reinforced adobes. Journal of Natural Fibers, 575-585. https://doi.org/10.1080/15440478.2017.1349709