Mechanical Behaviour Analysis of Polymer Mortars Reinforced with Jute and Piassava Natural Fibres under Alkaline Environments
The aim of this work is to assess the feasibility of using polymer mortars reinforced with untreated natural fibres instead of artificial ones, for applications requiring highly alkali resistant materials, such as tanks and drainage systems for wastewater treatment plants. For this purpose, several formulations of polyester polymer mortars reinforced with different contents of jute and piassava natural fibres were investigated. Flexural and compressive behaviour, before and after exposure to a strong alkaline solution was analysed and quantified. Test results highlighted the high potential of these materials as basis construction material for precast applications requiring specific resistance under alkaline environments.
Luís Guerra ROSA and Fernanda MARGARIDO
M.C.S. Ribeiro et al., "Mechanical Behaviour Analysis of Polymer Mortars Reinforced with Jute and Piassava Natural Fibres under Alkaline Environments", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 636-637, pp. 239-244, 2010