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Highly Conductive Carbon Fiber Reinforced Concrete for Icing Prevention and Curing

Civil Engineering Department, University of Alicante, Ctra. San Vicente s/n, San Vicente del Raspeig 03690, Spain
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Materials 2016, 9(4), 281; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma9040281
Received: 18 November 2015 / Revised: 23 March 2016 / Accepted: 5 April 2016 / Published: 12 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Materials)
This paper aims to study the feasibility of highly conductive carbon fiber reinforced concrete (CFRC) as a self-heating material for ice formation prevention and curing in pavements. Tests were carried out in lab ambient conditions at different fixed voltages and then introduced in a freezer at −15 °C. The specimens inside the freezer were exposed to different fixed voltages when reaching +5 °C for prevention of icing and when reaching the temperature inside the freezer, i.e., −15 °C, for curing of icing. Results show that this concrete could act as a heating element in pavements with risk of ice formation, consuming a reasonable amount of energy for both anti-icing (prevention) and deicing (curing), which could turn into an environmentally friendly and cost-effective deicing method. View Full-Text
Keywords: conductive concrete; deicing; heating; carbon fibers; multifunctional composites conductive concrete; deicing; heating; carbon fibers; multifunctional composites
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Galao, O.; Bañón, L.; Baeza, F.J.; Carmona, J.; Garcés, P. Highly Conductive Carbon Fiber Reinforced Concrete for Icing Prevention and Curing. Materials 2016, 9, 281. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma9040281

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Galao O, Bañón L, Baeza FJ, Carmona J, Garcés P. Highly Conductive Carbon Fiber Reinforced Concrete for Icing Prevention and Curing. Materials. 2016; 9(4):281. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma9040281

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Galao, Oscar; Bañón, Luis; Baeza, Francisco J.; Carmona, Jesús; Garcés, Pedro. 2016. "Highly Conductive Carbon Fiber Reinforced Concrete for Icing Prevention and Curing" Materials 9, no. 4: 281. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma9040281

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