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Crack mitigation in concrete : superabsorbent polymers as key to success?

Arn Mignon (UGent), Didier Snoeck (UGent), Peter Dubruel (UGent), Sandra Van Vlierberghe (UGent) and Nele De Belie (UGent)
(2017) MATERIALS. 10(3).
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Cracking is a major concern in building applications. Cracks may arise from shrinkage, freeze/thawing and/or structural stresses, amongst others. Several solutions can be found but superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) seem to be interesting to counteract these problems. At an early age, the absorbed water by the SAPs may be used to mitigate autogenous and plastic shrinkage. The formed macro pores may increase the freeze/thaw resistance. The swelling upon water ingress may seal a crack from intruding fluids and may regain the overall water-tightness. The latter water may promote autogenous healing. The use of superabsorbent polymers is thus very interesting. This review paper summarizes the current research and gives a critical note towards the use of superabsorbent polymers in cementitious materials.
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HIGH-PERFORMANCE CONCRETE, PH-SENSITIVE HYDROGELS, CEMENT-BASED, MATERIALS, INVERSE SUSPENSION POLYMERIZATION, DRUG-DELIVERY-SYSTEMS, SELF-HEALING BEHAVIOR, THE-ART REPORT, AUTOGENOUS SHRINKAGE, MECHANICAL-PROPERTIES, RESPONSIVENESS PROPERTIES, hydrogel, autogenous shrinkage, freeze-thaw resistance, self-sealing, self-healing

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Mignon, Arn, Didier Snoeck, Peter Dubruel, Sandra Van Vlierberghe, and Nele De Belie. 2017. “Crack Mitigation in Concrete : Superabsorbent Polymers as Key to Success?” Materials 10 (3).
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Mignon, A., Snoeck, D., Dubruel, P., Van Vlierberghe, S., & De Belie, N. (2017). Crack mitigation in concrete : superabsorbent polymers as key to success? MATERIALS, 10(3).
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Mignon A, Snoeck D, Dubruel P, Van Vlierberghe S, De Belie N. Crack mitigation in concrete : superabsorbent polymers as key to success? MATERIALS. 2017;10(3).
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Mignon, Arn, Didier Snoeck, Peter Dubruel, et al. “Crack Mitigation in Concrete : Superabsorbent Polymers as Key to Success?” MATERIALS 10.3 (2017): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {Cracking is a major concern in building applications. Cracks may arise from shrinkage, freeze/thawing and/or structural stresses, amongst others. Several solutions can be found but superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) seem to be interesting to counteract these problems. At an early age, the absorbed water by the SAPs may be used to mitigate autogenous and plastic shrinkage. The formed macro pores may increase the freeze/thaw resistance. The swelling upon water ingress may seal a crack from intruding fluids and may regain the overall water-tightness. The latter water may promote autogenous healing. The use of superabsorbent polymers is thus very interesting. This review paper summarizes the current research and gives a critical note towards the use of superabsorbent polymers in cementitious materials.},
  articleno    = {237},
  author       = {Mignon, Arn and Snoeck, Didier and Dubruel, Peter and Van Vlierberghe, Sandra and De Belie, Nele},
  issn         = {1996-1944},
  journal      = {MATERIALS},
  keyword      = {HIGH-PERFORMANCE CONCRETE,PH-SENSITIVE HYDROGELS,CEMENT-BASED,MATERIALS,INVERSE SUSPENSION POLYMERIZATION,DRUG-DELIVERY-SYSTEMS,SELF-HEALING BEHAVIOR,THE-ART REPORT,AUTOGENOUS SHRINKAGE,MECHANICAL-PROPERTIES,RESPONSIVENESS PROPERTIES,hydrogel,autogenous shrinkage,freeze-thaw resistance,self-sealing,self-healing},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {25},
  title        = {Crack mitigation in concrete : superabsorbent polymers as key to success?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ma10030237},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2017},
}

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