Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 27, Issue 23, pp 6379–6386 | Cite as

Strengthening of cement foams

  • T. D. Tonyan
  • L. J. Gibson


Lightweight cellular concretes are attractive building materials for a number of reasons: they offer a unique combination of moderate thermal insulation and stiffness, low cost and incombustibility. They have relatively low strength, however, and are brittle. In this paper we describe the behaviour of composite cement/polystyrene foams with improved strength and ductility.


Polymer Foam Brittle Ductility Building Material 
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© Chapman & Hall 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. D. Tonyan
    • 1
  • L. J. Gibson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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