Hygral Behavior of Superabsorbent Polymers with Various Particle Sizes and Cross-Linking Densities
AbstractThis study focuses on investigating the effects of particle size and cross-linking density on the hygral behavior of superabsorbent polymers (SAPs), which are increasingly used as an internal curing material for high-performance concrete. Four SAPs with different mean particle diameters and cross-linking densities were tested under controlled wetting and drying conditions to measure free absorption and desorption kinetics. Absorption capacities of SAPs under actual mixing conditions were additionally measured and verified by means of mortar flow and semi-adiabatic hydration heat measurements. In addition, the effects of SAP type and dosage (i.e., 0.2, 0.4, and 0.6% by mass of cement) on the mechanical properties of hardened mortar were assessed. The results indicated that: (1) the absorption capacity increased with decreased cross-linking density and increased particle size under both load-free and mixing conditions; and (2) the greater the cross-linking density and the lower the particle size, the shorter the desorption time. It was also confirmed that while the early-age mechanical properties were more related with the gel strength of swollen SAP, the later-age mechanical properties were more affected by the water retention capacity and spatial distribution of SAP in the matrix. View Full-Text
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Yun, K.-K.; Kim, K.-K.; Choi, W.; Yeon, J.H. Hygral Behavior of Superabsorbent Polymers with Various Particle Sizes and Cross-Linking Densities. Polymers 2017, 9, 600.
Yun K-K, Kim K-K, Choi W, Yeon JH. Hygral Behavior of Superabsorbent Polymers with Various Particle Sizes and Cross-Linking Densities. Polymers. 2017; 9(11):600.Chicago/Turabian Style
Yun, Kyong-Ku; Kim, Kwan-Kyu; Choi, Wonchang; Yeon, Jung H. 2017. "Hygral Behavior of Superabsorbent Polymers with Various Particle Sizes and Cross-Linking Densities." Polymers 9, no. 11: 600.
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