Water-soluble polymers as self-curing agent in silica fume Portland cement mixes

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Maintaining satisfactory moisture content in concrete during its early ages is very important to develop required properties. Retaining free water of the mixture for a longer period will have a beneficial effect similar to that of curing. Self-curing mixtures will be very beneficial especially in regions where water is not adequately available. Polymers in concrete have received considerable attention over the past two decades. This study investigates using laboratory synthesized water-soluble polymers: polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polyacrylamide (PAM) as self-curing agents and its effect on the degree of hydration, water absorption, permeable pores and microstructural characteristics of Portland cement mixtures without and with 8% silica fume replacement. Portland cement mixtures including PEG or PEG+PAM as self-curing agents showed a better quality compared to that of the non-cured mixtures. Mixtures incorporating 8% silica fume including a mixture of PEG and PAM as self-curing agent had a better quality compared to that of the mixture including only PEG especially at later ages.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers in the Use of Polymers in Concrete - Session at the ACI Spring 2010 Convention
Number of pages17
Edition278 SP
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventACI Spring 2010 Convention - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Mar 21 2010Mar 23 2010

Publication series

NameAmerican Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication
Number278 SP
ISSN (Print)0193-2527


OtherACI Spring 2010 Convention
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL


  • Hydration
  • Microstructure
  • Permeable pores
  • Self-curing agent
  • Silica fume
  • Water absorption
  • Water-soluble polymer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science


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