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Materials 2013, 6(3), 1191-1204; doi:10.3390/ma6031191

Factors Affecting the Effectiveness of Inorganic Silicate Sealer Material through Multi-Quality Characteristics

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Department of Harbor and River Engineering, National Taiwan Ocean University, 2 Pei-Ning Road, Keelung, 20224, Taiwan
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Department of Fire Science, WuFeng University, 117, Sec 2, Chiankuo Road, Minhsiung, Chiayi 62153, Taiwan
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Department of Civil Engineering, National Ilan University, No.1, Sec. 1, Shen-Lung Road, I-Lan 26047, Taiwan
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Received: 31 December 2012 / Accepted: 21 March 2013 / Published: 22 March 2013
(This article belongs to the Section Structure Analysis and Characterization)
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Abstract

This study investigates the effectiveness of concrete protection with two inorganic silicate sealer materials (ISSMs). The Taguchi method and grey relational analysis (GRA) have been used to identify the key factors influencing concrete protection provided by the surface treatment. Seven control factors with two levels were selected. By using the orthogonal array L12 (27), 12 experiments are chosen and four tests—the compressive strength test, resistivity test, absorption test and permeability test—were performed. Results have shown that the major factors affecting the protection effectiveness of ISSM are the water-binder ratio of mortar substrate, age of substrate for sealer application, addition of pozzolanic material and sealer type.
Keywords: Taguchi method; grey relational analysis; multi-quality characteristics; inorganic silicate sealer material Taguchi method; grey relational analysis; multi-quality characteristics; inorganic silicate sealer material
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Zou, S.-Y.; Huang, R.; Chi, M.-C.; Hsu, H.-M. Factors Affecting the Effectiveness of Inorganic Silicate Sealer Material through Multi-Quality Characteristics. Materials 2013, 6, 1191-1204.

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