Curing of Polymer-Cement Concrete – Search for a Compromise

Paweł Łukowski , Piotr Paweł Woyciechowski , Grzegorz Adamczewski , Magdalena Rudko , Kamil Filipek


In this paper there are presented results of research carried out for establishing the most favourable scenario of curing of the Polymer-Cement Concrete (PCC). The general recommendations for PCC point to the need of alternating conditions of curing of PCC. Polymercement concrete should be first cured in the wet conditions for effective hydration of Portland cement and then in air-dry conditions for polymer setting. According to the literature, the often accepted curing regime of PCC covers 5 days of wet curing and then the air-dry curing until the time of testing. According to the European Standards, the wet period should last 3 days. However, the authors` experiences show that the aforementioned scenarios is not the optimum one. The studies presented in this paper are the part of the larger research program, which – according to the authors`intention – should lead to the establishing of the optimum curing regime for PCC. The tests were carried out using two types of polymer modifiers: two-component epoxy resin and water dispersion of polyacrylates, introduced into the cement concrete mix. The following properties were accepted as the criteria of evaluation of PCC curing effectiveness: compressive strength, tensile splitting strength, surface tensile strength (by pull-off method), wear resistance, water penetration under pressure. These properties were evaluated after 28 days of curing according to the various regimes. The tests showed that the extension of the wet curing period beyond 5 days was favourable for the technical properties of PCC. The establishing of the optimum time of wet curing, however, needs further research. Also, some conclusions were formulated about the usefulness of the various properties as the criteria of PCC curing efficiency evaluation
Author Paweł Łukowski (FCE / ICE)
Paweł Łukowski,,
- The Institute of Civil Engineering
, Piotr Paweł Woyciechowski (FCE / ICE)
Piotr Paweł Woyciechowski,,
- The Institute of Civil Engineering
, Grzegorz Adamczewski (FCE / ICE)
Grzegorz Adamczewski,,
- The Institute of Civil Engineering
, Magdalena Rudko (FCE)
Magdalena Rudko,,
- Faculty of Civil Engineering
, Kamil Filipek (FCE)
Kamil Filipek,,
- Faculty of Civil Engineering
Journal seriesAdvanced Materials Research, ISSN 1662-8985, [1022-6680], (B 7 pkt)
Issue year2015
Publication size in sheets0.5
Conference15th International Congress on Polymers in Concrete - ICPIC (ICPIC 2015), 19-11-2015 - 21-11-2015, Singapur, Singapur
Keywords in Englishpolymer-cement concrete, curing influence, compressive strength, tensile splitting strength, pull-off, wear resistance, water penetration under pressure
ASJC Classification2200 General Engineering
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)7
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 0.0, 05-03-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 7.0, 05-03-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators GS Citations = 2.0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2015 = 0.105
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