The influence of superabsorbent polymers on the microstructural features and mechanical properties of cementitious mortars subjected to freezing and thawing conditions

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The paper forms a part of a larger study focused on the effect of two different superabsorbent polymers (SAP) on the performance of cementitious mortars subjected to omnidirectional freezing and thawing. Microstructural alterations due to exposure of up to 360 freezing and thawing cycles are documented on polymer modified cement mortars of varied maturity. The results yielded by the Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry and the Scanning Electron Microscopy are used to assess the alterations due to freezing and thawing when compared against corresponding samples cured in laboratory conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Symposium on High Performance Concrete
EditorsO. Wallevik, M. Khrapko
Place of PublicationAuckland, New Zealand
PublisherNew Zealand Concrete Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780473192877
Publication statusPublished - 2011



  • cementitious materials
  • freeze/thaw performance
  • superabsorbent polymers

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