Materials 2013, 6(9), 4064-4081; doi:10.3390/ma6094064

Experimental Study on Cementitious Composites Embedded with Organic Microcapsules

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Received: 12 July 2013; in revised form: 20 August 2013 / Accepted: 9 September 2013 / Published: 16 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Self-healing Concrete)
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Abstract: The recovery behavior for strength and impermeability of cementitious composites embedded with organic microcapsules was investigated in this study. Mortar specimens were formed by mixing the organic microcapsules and a catalyst with cement and sand. The mechanical behaviors of flexural and compression strength were tested. The results showed that strength could increase by up to nine percent with the addition of a small amount of microcapsules and then decrease with an increasing amount of microcapsules. An orthogonal test for investigating the strength recovery rate was designed and implemented for bending and compression using the factors of water/cement ratio, amount of microcapsules, and preloading rate. It is shown that the amount of microcapsules plays a key role in the strength recovery rate. Chloride ion permeability tests were also carried out to investigate the recovery rate and healing effect. The initial damage was obtained by subjecting the specimens to compression. Both the recovery rate and the healing effect were nearly proportional to the amount of microcapsules. The obtained cementitious composites can be seen as self-healing owing to their recovery behavior for both strength and permeability.
Keywords: self-healing concrete; organic microcapsules; permeability; recovery rate; healing effect
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Wang, X.; Xing, F.; Zhang, M.; Han, N.; Qian, Z. Experimental Study on Cementitious Composites Embedded with Organic Microcapsules. Materials 2013, 6, 4064-4081.

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Wang X, Xing F, Zhang M, Han N, Qian Z. Experimental Study on Cementitious Composites Embedded with Organic Microcapsules. Materials. 2013; 6(9):4064-4081.

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Wang, Xianfeng; Xing, Feng; Zhang, Ming; Han, Ningxu; Qian, Zhiwei. 2013. "Experimental Study on Cementitious Composites Embedded with Organic Microcapsules." Materials 6, no. 9: 4064-4081.

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