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Electrical properties of Portland cement, with the addition of polypropylene fibres – regarding durability

A.E. Richardson (Department of Civil Engineering, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Article publication date: 1 July 2004

Abstract

This paper makes a comparison between the electrical properties of cement grout with and without monofilament polypropylene fibre additions. The findings show a small, but significant difference between the electrolytic transport properties of cement grout with monofilament polypropylene fibre additions when compared to grout without fibre additions. The grout with fibre additions suggests a reduced probability of water and ion transmission, due to higher measured resistivity, which will result in enhanced durability and lower life cycle costs. Durability of reinforced concrete structures, is known to be closely linked to the water permeability of the concrete matrix. This potential trend for enhanced durability can be added to the other benefits of using monofilament polypropylene fibre in concrete, such as low absorption, freeze/thaw resistance, fire resistance and micro reinforcement.

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Richardson, A.E. (2004), "Electrical properties of Portland cement, with the addition of polypropylene fibres – regarding durability", Structural Survey, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 156-163. https://doi.org/10.1108/02630800410549053

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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