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Amelioration of freeze thaw damage of concrete with multi-walled carbon nano tubes

Mudasir Peerzada (Department of Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Srinagar, Srinagar, India)
Javed Ahmed Naqash (Department of Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Srinagar, Srinagar, India)

World Journal of Engineering

ISSN: 1708-5284

Article publication date: 11 October 2020

Issue publication date: 7 January 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

In cold areas, frost damage is the main factor for diminution of durability and serviceability of structures. Due to incessant freeze thaw regimes, micro cracks spread and deteriorate concrete to point of failure.

Design/methodology/approach

The study aims to evaluate the fresh and hardened properties of concrete after thirty freeze-thaw cycles tailored with carbon nano tubes. For this purpose, samples with 0.4, 0.45, 0.48, 0.5 and 0.55 water cement ratio while 0.5 and 1% carbon nano tube (CNT) content by weight of cement were prepared.

Findings

At 0.48 water cement ratio and 0.5% CNT by weight of cement workability reduced by 37% and water absorption reduced by 0.04%. But compressive strength, split tensile strength and flexural strength increased by 15.38, 33.02 and 15.75%, respectively, after 30 freeze thaw cycles. Also, weight loss reduced with addition of 0.5% CNT by weight of cement after freeze thaw cycles.

Originality/value

Novelty of this research is to tailor traditional concrete with new materials.

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Citation

Peerzada, M. and Naqash, J.A. (2021), "Amelioration of freeze thaw damage of concrete with multi-walled carbon nano tubes", World Journal of Engineering, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 58-65. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJE-08-2020-0345

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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