International Journal for Restoration of Buildings and Monuments vol:18 issue:3/4 pages:1-8
Polymer modification of concrete generates an interpenetrating network of polymer and cement hydrates in which the aggregates are embedded. The synergetic action of polymers and cement concrete offers great opportunities for performance improvement and for a wide range of new and innovative properties and applications. Durability is increased to a great extent. Polymers can largely reduce impact of construction industry on environment. They are an important factor in decreasing the carbon footprint of cement production, whilst enabling construction industry to meet increasing building demands of the growing world population. Renovation and restoration figure largely in the concept of sustainable construction development. Polymer-modified cement mortars have an excellent adhesion strength and durability and are therefore widely used as repair materials, enabling conservation of damaged or obsolete structures, and thus limiting mass, energy and pollutant flows.