Crack Mitigation in Concrete: Superabsorbent Polymers as Key to Success?
AbstractCracking is a major concern in building applications. Cracks may arise from shrinkage, freeze/thawing and/or structural stresses, amongst others. Several solutions can be found but superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) seem to be interesting to counteract these problems. At an early age, the absorbed water by the SAPs may be used to mitigate autogenous and plastic shrinkage. The formed macro pores may increase the freeze/thaw resistance. The swelling upon water ingress may seal a crack from intruding fluids and may regain the overall water-tightness. The latter water may promote autogenous healing. The use of superabsorbent polymers is thus very interesting. This review paper summarizes the current research and gives a critical note towards the use of superabsorbent polymers in cementitious materials. View Full-Text
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Mignon, A.; Snoeck, D.; Dubruel, P.; Van Vlierberghe, S.; De Belie, N. Crack Mitigation in Concrete: Superabsorbent Polymers as Key to Success? Materials 2017, 10, 237.
Mignon A, Snoeck D, Dubruel P, Van Vlierberghe S, De Belie N. Crack Mitigation in Concrete: Superabsorbent Polymers as Key to Success? Materials. 2017; 10(3):237.Chicago/Turabian Style
Mignon, Arn; Snoeck, Didier; Dubruel, Peter; Van Vlierberghe, Sandra; De Belie, Nele. 2017. "Crack Mitigation in Concrete: Superabsorbent Polymers as Key to Success?" Materials 10, no. 3: 237.
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