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Polymer-Cement Composites Containing Waste Perlite Powder

Faculty of Civil Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, al. Armii Ludowej 16, Warsaw 00-637, Poland
Academic Editor: Jérôme Chevalier
Materials 2016, 9(10), 839; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma9100839
Received: 29 August 2016 / Revised: 7 October 2016 / Accepted: 12 October 2016 / Published: 17 October 2016
Polymer-cement composites (PCCs) are materials in which the polymer and mineral binder create an interpenetrating network and co-operate, significantly improving the performance of the material. On the other hand, the need for the utilization of waste materials is a demand of sustainable construction. Various mineral powders, such as fly ash or blast-furnace slag, are successfully used for the production of cement and concrete. This paper deals with the use of perlite powder, which is a burdensome waste from the process of thermal expansion of the raw perlite, as a component of PCCs. The results of the testing of the mechanical properties of the composite and some microscopic observations are presented, indicating that there is a possibility to rationally and efficiently utilize waste perlite powder as a component of the PCC. This would lead to creating a new type of building material that successfully meets the requirements of sustainable construction. View Full-Text
Keywords: cement; composite; construction; modification; perlite; polymer; utilization; waste cement; composite; construction; modification; perlite; polymer; utilization; waste
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Łukowski, P. Polymer-Cement Composites Containing Waste Perlite Powder. Materials 2016, 9, 839.

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