Concrete-Polymer Composites

by Lawrence E. Kukacka, Brookhaven Natl. Lab., Upton, NY,
Peter Colombo, Brookhaven Natl. Lab., Upton, NY,
Meyer Steinberg, Brookhaven Natl. Lab., Upton, NY,
Bernard Manowitz, Brookhaven Natl. Lab., Upton, NY,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 9, Pg. 2217-2227

Document Type: Journal Paper


Investigations of concrete-polymer composites have indicated that remarkable improvements in the structural and durability properties of concrete can be obtained by monomer impregnation and in-situ polymerization by either radiation or chemical-initiators. Improvements in compressive, tensile, and flexural strengths of almost a factor of four times that of concrete have been obtained for samples containing 6 weight percent polymer. Significant improvements in durability were also noted. Methyl methacrylate-impregnated specimens have not failed after exposures of > 1 yr to sulfate brines and 15% hydrochloric acid. Exposure to 5,120 cycles of freezing and thawing has resulted in essentially no attack.

Subject Headings: Concrete | Polymer | Composite materials | Ultimate strength | Flexural strength | Freeze and thaw | Concrete structures | Material durability

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