Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 2851-2856

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The compressive strength of a new ureaformaldehyde-based polymer concrete

  • A. A. AlzaydiAffiliated withDepartment of Civil Engineering, King Abdulaziz University
  • , S. A. ShihataAffiliated withDepartment of Civil Engineering, King Abdulaziz University
  • , T. AlpAffiliated withChemical Engineering Department, King Abdulaziz University

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Standard test specimens of ureaformaldehyde-based polymer concrete (PC) prepared with various amounts of ureaformaldehyde (UF) resin and cured at temperatures in the range 90 to 150 ° C for periods up to 21 d were tested in compression. The PC having a resin content of 8% and cured at 110 ° C for about 7 d, developed an ultimate compressive strength of 37 M Pa. The strength values of PC specimens are compared with those of Portland cement concrete (PCC) specimens prepared with different water/cement ratios and mix proportions. For certain mixes the compressive strength of PCC is surpassed by that of PC having a similar binder content and comparable workability.