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Title: Preparation and testing of herbal adamantine glue as described in Brhatsamhita
Authors: Atalkar, P S
Baraskar, Y B
Hole, P P
Deopujari, J Y
Mandavgane, S A
Keywords: Brhatsamhita;Yaraha-Mihira;Adamantine glue;Green cement;Herbal glue
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8: C09H3/00, C09J11/00
Abstract: Brhatsamhita of Varaha-Mihira (5-6th century AD) describes the materials and methods of cementing material in chapter Vajralepa. This chapter describes three different ways of adamantine glue preparations using either metal alloys or animal matters using herbal components. Although detailed information about the procedure and composition of adamantine glue from metal alloys or animal matters is given, no such detailed information is available regarding preparation of herbal adamantine glue. In this study, an attempt has been made to get the optimum composition and efficient procedure for preparation of herbal glue. The methodology suggested is found to give maximum bond strength of 97 KPa. The adamantine glue is ecofriendly and hygienic. The study may provide useful insight into the chemistry of green cement. There were ample uses of glue in the temple architecture of that period, the remains of which bear testimony to the strength of these cements.
Page(s): 259-262
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.05(2) [April 2006]

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