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Materials 2013, 6(8), 3530-3546; doi:10.3390/ma6083530
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The Influence of Phase Change Materials on the Properties of Self-Compacting Concrete

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1 Department of Design in Engineering, Industrial Engineering School, University of Vigo, Vigo 36310, Spain 2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Machines and Thermal Engines and Fluids, Industrial Engineering School, University of Vigo, Vigo 36310, Spain 3 Department of Materials Engineering, Applied Mechanics and Construction, Industrial Engineering School, University of Vigo, Vigo 36310, Spain
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Received: 14 June 2013 / Revised: 12 July 2013 / Accepted: 5 August 2013 / Published: 15 August 2013
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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to research new thermally-efficient concrete walls, analyzing the mechanical behavior of a self-compacting concrete to manufacture an uncoated solid structural panel, with the incorporation of a micro-encapsulated phase change material as additive. Different dosages are tested and mechanical properties of the product obtained from the molding of concrete specimens are evaluated, testing mechanical compressive strength, slump flow, and density. The results reveal the optimum percentage of additive in the mixture that enables compliance with the technical specifications required by the product to be manufactured. A test is also performed for measuring the thermal conductivity for the optimal sample obtained and it evidences the reduction thereof.
Keywords: self-compacting concrete; phase change materials; dosage; mechanical properties; structural concrete panels; mix design self-compacting concrete; phase change materials; dosage; mechanical properties; structural concrete panels; mix design
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Fenollera, M.; Míguez, J.L.; Goicoechea, I.; Lorenzo, J.; Ángel Álvarez, M. The Influence of Phase Change Materials on the Properties of Self-Compacting Concrete. Materials 2013, 6, 3530-3546.

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