Biodegradable polymers on cementitious materials

Julia Garcia-Gonzalez, Paulo C. Lemos, Maria Alice Santos Pereira, Julia Moran-del Pozo, Manuel Ignacio Guerra-Romero, Andrés Juan-Valdés, Paulina Faria

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Abstract

Nowadays the sustainability and safety requirements of structures inspire the study of new self healing materials and preventive repair methods on cementitious elements. To achieve this undertaking, this research replaces widely employed synthetic polymers by biodegradable ones as
consolidants and water-repellents, and assesses the protection and consolidation effect of biopolymers (obtained by using waste biomass of mixed microbial cultures from polyhydroxyalkanoates production processes) as eco-friendly healing agents by analysing the water absorption of two kind of materials. The first group of samples are cement mortar specimens whose external surface has been treated with biopolymer products and subsequently evaluated by water drop absorption test. The second group of samples are cement mortar specimens formulated with biopolymer products included in its mixing water and later the waterproofing efficiency is analysed by capillary water absorption tests. The water absorption behaviour of both kind of samples shows a potential improvement of cementitious elements durability, since water absorption results have decreased for treated samples in comparison with untreated ones.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Topics and Trends on Durability of Building Materials and Components
EditorsC. Serrat, J. R. Casas, V. Gilbert
Place of PublicationBarcelona
PublisherInternational Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE)
Pages99-104
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-121101-8-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventDBMC 2020 - XV International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components, C. Serrat, J.R. Casas and V. Gibert (Eds), Barcelona - Videoconference, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 20 Oct 202023 Oct 2020
Conference number: XV
https://congress.cimne.com/dbmc2020/frontal/default.asp

Conference

ConferenceDBMC 2020 - XV International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components, C. Serrat, J.R. Casas and V. Gibert (Eds), Barcelona
Abbreviated titleDBMC
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period20/10/2023/10/20
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Keywords

  • Repair Methods
  • Cement Mortar
  • Durability
  • Bioproducts

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