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Barrier performance of silane-clay nanocomposite coatings on concrete structure

Authors Woo, Ricky S.C. HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Zhu, Honggang HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Chow, Michael M.K.
Leung, Christopher K.Y. View this author's profile
Kim, Jang-Kyo View this author's profile
Issue Date 2008
Source Composites science and technology , v. 68, (14, Sp. Iss. SI), 2008, NOV, p. 2828-2836
Summary The barrier performance of silane/clay nanocomposites as a coating material on concrete structure has been evaluated under different accelerated weathering tests, including moisture permeability and salty water spray. The silane/clay nanocomposite was fabricated by curing the silane-organoclay mixture through hydrogen bonding with concrete. XRD analysis indicated an improved intercalation of clay after adding into the silane solution. SEM examination of the coated concrete surface confirmed that the nanocomposite can effectively cover the pores and voids present on the concrete surface. The theological study revealed a linear increase in viscosity with the addition of clay. Wetting properties were evaluated via contact angle measurements. The moisture permeability test showed that the permeability was substantially reduced due to the presence of clay of high aspect ratio. The salty water spray tests indicated the distinct barrier characteristics of silane/clay nanocomposite coating on concrete structure. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN 0266-3538
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