Polymer Composites for Construction Application

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2023) | Viewed by 3899

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Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Interests: construction materials; sustainability; energy efficiency; production and logistics
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Escuela Técnica Superior de Edificación, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Interests: building; thermal analysis; comfort; ventilation; tests; restoration; solar energy; passive solar systems; building components; alloys; magnetic properties; measures; computing; digital support; data bases

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The special issue "Polymer Composites for Construction Application" aims to collect works related to the wide variety of polymers used in construction, new trends in the use of various polymers, applications in construction and housing equipment and other public works, physical and chemical characteristics of polymers and balance between the construction needs of the population and the protection of the environment.

Contributions related to the proposed lines of research are appreciated and that allow improving the management and knowledge of these materials, whose evolution has been slow until the middle of the last century, but that because of the "plastic revolution", society and the construction sector underwent an exceptional change with the entry of synthetic polymers.

The main idea is to promote the development of new composite materials and new applications in the construction sector. There are numerous experts in developing and manufacturing high-quality polymers, more durable or with greater adhesive or sealability. Polymers are not only used to improve materials, but also to prevent structural damage to the building.

Therefore, this special issue can help complement the existing literature on Polymer Composites for Construction Application from a multidisciplinary perspective that encourages the exchange of ideas and points of view. For this reason, we encourage all researchers working in areas of knowledge related to construction materials and green buildings to submit their potential research.

Dr. Amparo Verdú-Vázquez
Dr. Tomas Gil-Lopez
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • polymer composites
  • fibre composites
  • natural fibre composites
  • biocomposites
  • construction materials
  • advanced materials
  • composite materials
  • fiber-reinforced materials
  • reinforced plastics
  • civil structures
  • rehabilitation
  • tests
  • codes
  • standards

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Fabrication of Inorganic Coatings Incorporated with Functionalized Graphene Oxide Nanosheets for Improving Fire Retardancy of Wooden Substrates
Polymers 2022, 14(24), 5542; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14245542 - 18 Dec 2022
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Flame-retardant chemicals are frequently used within consumer products and can even be employed as a treatment on the surface of different types of materials (e.g., wood, steel, and textiles) to prevent fire or limit the rapid spread of flames. Functionalized graphene oxide (FGO) [...] Read more.
Flame-retardant chemicals are frequently used within consumer products and can even be employed as a treatment on the surface of different types of materials (e.g., wood, steel, and textiles) to prevent fire or limit the rapid spread of flames. Functionalized graphene oxide (FGO) nanosheets are a promising construction coating nanomaterial that can be blended with sodium metasilicate and gypsum to reduce the flammability of construction buildings. In this work, we designed and fabricated novel and halogen-free FGO sheets using the modified Hummers method; and subsequently functionalized them by pentaerythritol through a chemical impregnation process before dispersing them within the construction coating. Scanning electron microscopic images confirm that the FGO-filled coating was uniformly dispersed on the surface of wooden substrates. We identified that the FGO content is a critical factor affecting the fire retardancy. Thermogravimetric analysis of the FGO coating revealed that higher char residue can be obtained at 700 °C. Based on the differential scanning calorimetry, the exothermic peak contained a temperature delay in the presence of FGO sheets, primarily due to the formation of a thermal barrier. Such a significant improvement in the flame retardancy confirms that the FGO nanosheets are superior nanomaterials to be employed as a flame-retardant construction coating nanomaterial for improving thermal management within buildings. Full article
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Investigation of Erosion/Corrosion Behavior of GRP under Harsh Operating Conditions
Polymers 2022, 14(24), 5388; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14245388 - 09 Dec 2022
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Glass-fiber-reinforced pipe (GRP) is a strong alternative to many other materials, such as cast iron and concrete. It is characterized by high corrosion resistance, resulting in good erosion/corrosion. For the erosion/corrosion test, commercially available GRPs were used, which are frequently utilized for oil [...] Read more.
Glass-fiber-reinforced pipe (GRP) is a strong alternative to many other materials, such as cast iron and concrete. It is characterized by high corrosion resistance, resulting in good erosion/corrosion. For the erosion/corrosion test, commercially available GRPs were used, which are frequently utilized for oil field wastewater in harsh environments. This type of GRP material was subjected to simulated conditions replicating in situ or harsh environments. An extensive experiment was conducted. Three quantities of abrasive sand (250 g, 400 g and 500 g with a size of 65 µm) were mixed with 0.015 m3 of water. The abrasive sand samples were taken at a 90 degree angle from the wall of the cylinder tubes. Three flow rate conditions were selected, 0.01 m3/min, 0.0067 m3/min and 0.01 m3/min, with 10 wt.% chlorine. Furthermore, these tests were conducted at five different times: 1 h, 2 h, 3 h, 4 h and 5 h. The results show that the erosion rate increased both with an increasing amount of abrasive sand and with increasing flow rate. The maximum value for the erosion rate was more than three for a flow rate of 0.015 m3 with chlorine for 500 g of sand. The corrosion rate also showed the same trend, with the maximum corrosion rate being reached under the same conditions. It was found that the corrosion rate largely depends on the amount of weight loss, which is an indicator of the erosion effect. Therefore, GFRP provides better erosion/corrosion resistance in a harsh environment or in situ conditions. Full article
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