Physical and mechanical characterization of Portland cement mortars made with expanded polystyrene particles addition (EPS)

V. Ferrándiz-Mas, E. García-Alcocel

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Abstract

On this work the influence of the addition of different types (commercial and recycled) and contents of expanded polystyrene on the physical and mechanical properties of Portland cement mortars has been studied. Variables studied are: workability, air content, bulk density, mechanical strength, porosity, water absorption and sound absorption. Mixtures have been also characterized by scanning electron microscopy. Airentraining agents, water retainer and superplasticizer additives have been used in order to improve the workability of mortars. The results show that the workability and mechanical strength decreases with increasing content of expanded polystyrene. Additives improve the workability and porosity, allowing manufacture mortars with high levels of recycled material that show mechanical properties suitable for use as masonry mortars, stucco and plaster.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-566
Number of pages20
JournalMateriales de Construccion
Volume62
Issue number308
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Cement
  • Expanded polystyrene (EPS)
  • Mortar
  • Physical and mechanical properties
  • Waste

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