Silicate consolidants for stone

George W. Scherer, George S. Wheeler

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Consolidants are sols or solutions that are used to restore the strength of weathered stone. The liquids are drawn into the pores of stone by capillary suction, then they harden by gelation and/or drying. In this chapter, we discuss the requirements that such a material must fulfill, and demonstrate the effectiveness of consolidants based on alkoxysilanes and alkylalkoxysilanes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalKey Engineering Materials
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Consolidant
  • Gel
  • Silicate
  • Stone
  • Strength
  • Weathering
  • Wetting


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