Effects of Gamma Irradiation on Polymer-Modified Concrete (PMC): A Review
Received Date: July 23, 2019; Published Date: July 29, 2019
Polymer modified concretes have increased in recent years due to their high strength and durability. Polymer modification applied to cement mortars is widely used in the literature. This paper briefly reviews the changes in the material structure caused by gamma irradiation on polymer modified concretes. Many studies on the effect of gamma radiation on cementitious materials have focused mainly on physico-chemical evolution due to the effects of radiolysis. The effects of polymer crosslinking and deterioration in the structure of the polymer modified concrete by gamma irradiation result in improved interphase bonding, increase not only strength and durability but also thermal, abrasion and waterproofing properties. In this context, some important details of recent studies on the effects of gamma rays applied to polymer modified concretes have been interpreted.