Mortar modified with sulfonated polystyrene produced from waste plastic cups
MOTTA,L. A. C.
FARIA,F. A. C.
ASSUNÇÃO,R. M. N.
- Publisher: IBRACON - Instituto Brasileiro do Concreto
Building construction | modified mortar | polymeric admixture | recycling | sulfonated polystyrene | TH1-9745
Abstract In this work, we studied the addition of sulfonated polystyrene produced from waste plastic cups as an admixture for mortars. Mortars were analyzed with polystyrene content of 0.0; 0.2; 0.6; 1.0 and 1.4% in relation to the cement mass. The influence of polystyrene on the mortars' properties was evaluated by the consistency index, water retention, water absorption, porosity, elasticity modulus, compressive strength, flexural strength, bond tensile strength and microscopy. The increase in the sulfonated polystyrene content decreased the elasticity modulus of the mortar and, despite higher porosity, there was a reduction of water absorption by capillarity. In relation to mortar without admixture, the modified mortar showed an increase in water retention and consistency index, and a large increase in flexural strength and bond tensile strength. The significant increase of bond tensile strength (214% with admixture 1%) highlights the potential of the produced material as an adhesive mortar.
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