Stress-strain behaviour of unconfined polymer concrete

Lokuge, Weena ORCID: and Aravinthan, Thiru (2014) Stress-strain behaviour of unconfined polymer concrete. In: 23rd Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM23), 9-12 Dec 2014, Byron Bay, Australia.

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Polymer concrete is becoming popular 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 is reported to have used in a range of civil and structural applications such as bridge decking, concrete crack repair, pavement overlays, hazardous waste containers, waste water pipes and decorative construction panels. However its use can be limited due to the fact that well-agreed stress-strain relationships are not widely available. A research program has been initiated to improve fundamental understanding of this material and to provide the knowledge required for its broad utilization.

In the experimental part of this project, two types of resins (polyester and epoxy resin) combined with fly ash and sand were used to make the organic polymer concrete mortar. These mortar samples were tested for the compressive stress-strain relationship of polymer based concrete. This paper investigates the applicability of currently available stress strain relationships to predict the behaviour of polymer concrete observed in the experimental component of this project. Ultimately it describes a constitutive model for unconfined polymer concrete.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2015 05:23
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 02:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: polymer concrete, stress-strain relationship, polyester, epoxy
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400510 Structural engineering
40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401609 Polymers and plastics
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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