Influence of polymer modification on the microstructure of shielding concrete
Kamil Załęgowski , Tomasz Piotrowski , Andrzej Garbacz
AbstractIn this paper an analysis of the influence of polymer modification on the microstructure, shielding properties against neutrons, and compressive strength of heavy-weight magnetite concrete is carried out. The modifications involve the addition of acrylic or epoxy dispersions as well as micro- or/and macrofibers. A computer image analysis method is used to evaluate the microstructure of concretes and parameters of pore structure are calculated; these parameters include relative volume fraction, relative specific surface area, and pore arrangement ratios, including a proprietary ratio based on Voronoi tessellation. An assessment of significance of differences between stereological parameters of reference concrete and polymer modified concretes, as well as the impact of polymer form (dispersion or fibers) on shielding properties and compressive strength is carried out using Student’s t-test. The results show that except for the effect of the addition of both polypropylene micro- and macrofibers on the relative volume of pores, all other modifications result in statistically significant changes in the values of stereological parameters. Nevertheless, it is shown that neither polymer dispersions nor fibers have a statistically significant impact on shielding properties, but that they do influence compressive strength.
|Journal series||Materials, ISSN 1996-1944|
|Publication size in sheets||0.7|
|Keywords in English||polymer modification; polymer dispersions; polymer fibers; concrete microstructure; image analysis method; stereological parameters|
|Score||= 140.0, 18-06-2020, ArticleFromJournal|
|Publication indicators||= 2; = 0; = 2.0; : 2017 = 1.285; : 2018 = 2.972 (2) - 2018=3.532 (5)|
|Citation count*||2 (2020-09-26)|
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