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Title: Effects of boric acid and water content on fundamental properties of proprietary magnesium phosphate cement (MPC) products
Authors: Ramsey, Monica A.
Scott, Dylan A.
Weiss, Charles Arthur, 1961-
Tingle, Jeb S.
Keywords: Magnesium phosphate cement (MPC)
Proprietary products
Magnesium phosphate
Concrete--Trial batching
Boric acid
Runways (Aeronautics)—Maintenance and repair
Concrete--Mechanical properties
Strength properties
Setting time
Cement--Mechanical properties
Military bases
Publisher: Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/GSL TR-20-12
Abstract: Magnesium phosphate cements (MPCs) have been used for decades in proprietary products for pavement repairs. However, products with high exothermic temperatures have short working times, and research is needed to overcome these unfavorable characteristics. The effects of different boric acid and water contents on the fundamental properties of concrete was investigated through 34 trial batch modifications on the following commercially available MPC products: (1) Premier Magnesia’s PREMag PGDM, (2) BASF Master Builder’s MasterEmaco T545, and (3) CeraTech Inc.’s Pavemend TR. Overall results indicated that the increase of boric acid and water content produced favorable decreased temperatures and increased set times but retardation in the early age development of compressive strength. Modifications in the PREMag PGDM product resulted in poor workability, inaccurate time of setting due to a thixotropic nature, and unacceptable compressive strength loss. The Pavemend TR product was significantly affected by the addition of boric acid resulting in non-recoverable compressive and bond strength loss, excessive expansions, failure at low freezing and thawing cycles, and unacceptable times of setting for rapid-repair applications. The T545 product showed promising performance with 28-day recovery in compressive, flexural, and bond strengths and minimal differences in other properties when compared to the control mixture.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/GSL TR-20-12
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 74 pages / 5.64 MB
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