Effect of fly ash on the behaviour of polymer concrete with different types of resin

Lokuge, Weena and Aravinthan, Thiru (2013) Effect of fly ash on the behaviour of polymer concrete with different types of resin. Materials and Design, 51. pp. 175-181. ISSN 0264-1275


Polymer concrete outperforms its counterpart Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) concrete in terms of its highly desirable mechanical properties. It is emerging as a new construction material due to its high compressive, tensile and flexural strengths, short curing time, impact resistance, chemical resistance and freeze–thaw durability. It has many applications in the building construction industry. A research program has been initiated to improve fundamental understanding of this material and to provide the knowledge required for its broad utilization. Three types of resins (polyester, vinylester and epoxy resin) combined with fly ash and sand were used to make the organic polymer concrete mortar. A novel approach based on volumetric properties of sand was used in designing the mixes. This paper presents and discusses the results from an investigation of uniaxial compressive stress–strain relationship of polymer based concrete. The effect of resin (binder), sand and fly ash contents on the compressive strength, flexural strength, split tensile strength, modulus
of elasticity and ductility of polyester, vinylester and epoxy resin based polymer filler is reported. It has been found that polymer concrete mortar can achieve compressive strengths in a range of 90–100 MPa. Tensile strengths were as high as 15 MPa for vinylester based polymer concrete. The results show that the polymer based filler materials are suitable for both compression and tensile loading situations.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made not accessible.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 19 May 2013 22:59
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2014 04:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: polymer concrete; material properties; polyester; vinylester; epoxy; fly ash
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2013.03.078
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23453

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