How much do you know about polymer concrete? Believe it or not, it is much more common than you might think. There are many varieties of concrete, and knowing the subtle differences can mean the difference between success and failure. Here are some interesting facts about polymer concrete!
Let’s start by examining the unique characteristics of polymer concrete. Most of the concrete you come across is made up of water, crushed gravel aggregates, and Portland cement. The water and cement mix through chemical processes and become a base for the cement. However, polymer concrete is a bit different from its counterpart: it has no Portland cement in it at all. This cement is replaced by polymers instead. The polymers combine with water in a slightly different way. It does this through a process called hydration. In essence, the mixture forms a bond between the pieces of gravel. After this mixture cures, it is similar to standard concrete but also has some attributes that ordinary concrete might not exhibit.
It Resists Acid
Another fascinating attribute of polymer concrete is that it resists the corrosive effects of acid. Portland cement attracts and absorbs other types of acids, which ultimately weakens the structural integrity of whatever structures the concrete is being used to build. What this means is that anything made of polymer concrete will last much longer than anything made with ordinary concrete that is classified as non-polymer-based.
Polymer concrete also yields numerous benefits. These benefits are derived from the type of polymer used in the creation of the concrete, however. Let’s look at three different types of polymers: acrylic, epoxy, and furan resin. Acrylic binders provide faster curing and increased weather resistance.
Epoxy binders, on the other hand, helps reduce the effects of shrinkage that happens as the concrete dries out and settles.
Also, furan resins help provide protection against high temperatures, which is an amazing benefit for the hotter months of summer that are fast approaching, especially since most modern cities are concrete and glass jungles that grow hotter every year.
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