High-performance Photocatalytic cementitious materials containing synthetic fibers and shrinkage-reducing admixture

Jung Jun Park, Soonho Kim, Wonsik Shin, Hong Joon Choi, Gi Joon Park, Doo Yeol Yoo

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This study aims to examine the mechanical, shrinkage and chemical properties of photocatalytic cementitious materials containing synthetic fibers and a shrinkage-reducing admixture (SRA). Two types of titanium dioxide (TiO2) powders and white Portland cement were considered along with ordinary Portland cement (OPC) as a control. Two types of synthetic fibers, i.e., glass and polyethylene (PE), and an SRA with contents varying from 0% to 3% were also considered. Using the TiO2 powders and the white Portland cement was effective in reducing the nitrogen oxides (NOx) concentration in cement composites. The use of PE fibers was more effective than glass fibers in terms of the mechanical properties, i.e., the compressive strength and tensile performance. With the addition of TiO2 powders and SRA or the replacement of OPC with white cement, the mechanical properties of the cement mortar generally deteriorated. The total shrinkage of the mortar could be reduced by incorporating the fibers at volume fractions greater than 1%, and the glass fiber was more effective than the PE fiber in this regard. The TiO2 powders had no significant impact on the shrinkage reduction of the cement mortar, whereas the SRA and the white Portland cement effectively reduced shrinkage. The addition of 3% SRA decreased the total shrinkage by 43%, while the replacement of the OPC with white cement resulted in a 20% reduction in the shrinkage.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1828
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 1

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Funding Information:
Funding: This research was supported by a Construction Technology Research Project (18SCIP-B149189-01) funded by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

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© 2020 by the authors.

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  • Materials Science(all)


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