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An Experimental Study on Mechanical and Thermal Insulation Properties of Rubberized Concrete Including Its Microstructure

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School of Civil Engineering, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000, China
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College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000, China
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(14), 2943; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9142943
Received: 4 June 2019 / Revised: 15 July 2019 / Accepted: 17 July 2019 / Published: 23 July 2019
This study aimed to investigate the effects of the size and weight content of waste rubber particles on the relevant performances of rubberized concrete. First, the fine aggregates were partially replaced by rubber particles of different sizes to produce rubberized concrete. Secondly, the mechanical and thermal insulation properties of rubberized concrete were investigated. Finally, microstructural analyses of rubberized concrete including scanning electronic microscope (SEM) and energy distribution spectroscopy (EDS) were examined. Experimental results indicated that uniaxial compressive strength of rubberized concrete was reduced, while the peak strain was gradually increased and thermal insulation properties were improved with the increase of rubber content or decrease of rubber particle size. In addition, rubber particles affected the failure modes, endowing concrete with weak brittleness and strong cracking resistance. Additionally, it was observed that the interfacial adhesion between the matrix rubber and the aggregates was weak under SEM, which seemed to be a key factor that reduced the strength of rubberized concrete. View Full-Text
Keywords: rubberized concrete; compressive strength; failure mode; thermal insulation; SEM rubberized concrete; compressive strength; failure mode; thermal insulation; SEM
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Guo, J.; Huang, M.; Huang, S.; Wang, S. An Experimental Study on Mechanical and Thermal Insulation Properties of Rubberized Concrete Including Its Microstructure. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 2943.

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