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TitleConcrete retrofitting using CFRP and geopolymer mortars
Author(s)Vasconcelos, E.
Fernandes, S.
Aguiar, J. L. Barroso de
Torgal, Fernando Pacheco
Concrete retrofitting
Adhesion strength
Issue date2013
PublisherTrans Tech Publications
JournalMaterials Science Forum
Abstract(s)A new development in the repair and strengthening of reinforced concrete systems is the use of carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) strips bonded to concrete substrate with epoxy resins. It has been reported that epoxy adhesive are extremely sensitive to high temperatures. Some authors conclude that the epoxy temperature should not exceed 70 ºC in order to safeguard the adhesiveness of the epoxy and, thus, the integrity and adequate functioning of CFRP. It is noted that even frequently exposure to direct sunlight causes temperatures higher than 70 ºC. Since geopolymers are known to possess high stability at high temperature, these materials can be an alternative to epoxy resins. This papers presents results about the use of metakaolin based geopolymers mortars to insure the adhesion between the CFRP and the concrete substrate. Several compositions of geopolymer mortars were executed by varying the percentage of binder, sand/binder ratio and the concentration of sodium hydroxide. It was found that geopolymer mortars demonstrate very promising performances, having obtained a high mechanical resistance and a good adhesion to concrete. On the other hand the adhesion between CFRP and geopolymer mortars proved to be smaller than expected which could be due, to the fact that the composition of the mortar was not optimized or even to the nature of the CFRP.
Description"Advanced Materials Forum VI ". ISBN 978-3-03785-493-8.
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Appears in Collections:C-TAC - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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