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Buildings 2018, 8(11), 149; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings8110149

Properties of Latex Polymer Modified Mortars Reinforced with Waste Bamboo Fibers from Construction Waste

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Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Landmark University, P.M.B. 1001, 23451 Omu-Aran, Nigeria
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Department of Wood Products Engineering, University of Ibadan, 23402 Ibadan, Nigeria
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Received: 25 September 2018 / Revised: 12 October 2018 / Accepted: 17 October 2018 / Published: 5 November 2018
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Abstract

This study evaluated the properties of latex modified cement mortars from ordinary paints which were reinforced with treated bamboo fibers from construction waste. Fiber variations of 0, 0.5, 1 and 1.5% at 10% of the weight of cement were utilized. Mechanical properties were determined according to standards; similarly, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) were used to analyze the microstructural and elemental properties of the samples. The experimental results revealed that the addition of 1.5% bamboo fibers and 10% latex solution produced excellent mechanical properties. This was as a result of improved fiber adhesion to the matrix through pre-treatment, coupled with the contributed high strength from the latex paint modified mortars. The micrograph showed that latex precipitated in the voids and on the surface of the bamboo fibers as well as gels of calcium silicate hydrates which contributed to the observed improvement in strength of the tested samples. View Full-Text
Keywords: bamboo; fibers; waste; cement; construction; composites bamboo; fibers; waste; cement; construction; composites
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Akinyemi, B.; Omoniyi, T. Properties of Latex Polymer Modified Mortars Reinforced with Waste Bamboo Fibers from Construction Waste. Buildings 2018, 8, 149.

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