A Polymer as a Surface Treatment for Concrete

by Alvin H. Meyer, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 6, Pg. 1205-1210

Document Type: Journal Paper


It was determined in this research that a Portland cement concrete surface could be treated with methyl-methacrylate in monomer form and then polymerized in situ by natural sunlight. The penetration of the methyl-methacrylate was 0.4 in. nominally with about 50% of the initial loading being polymerized in the concrete surface. The following conclusions were made: (1) it is feasible to use methyl-methacrylate as a surface treatment for Portland cement concrete; (2) such treatment will not significantly increase the strength characteristics of the concrete; (3) such treatment will significantly reduce the amount of water absorbed through the surface of the concrete; (4) such treatment will improve the durability of the surface; and (5) such treatment will reduce the skid-resistance of the surface.

Subject Headings: Water treatment | Polymer | Concrete | Portland cement | Field tests | Light (natural) | Load factors | Strength of materials

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