Mechanics of Composite Materials

, Volume 51, Issue 5, pp 571–580 | Cite as

A Novel Polymer Concrete Made From Fine Silica Sand and Polyester


In order to improve the mechanical properties and decrease the manufacturing costs of traditional polymer concrete, a new concrete mix is presented, where fine silica sand is used instead of common large and small aggregates. In addition, to decrease manufacturing costs, a polyester resin is employed instead of epoxy matrix. By performing compression and three-point bending tests, it was found that the new polymer concrete had a higher compression strength than the traditional polymer concrete and a similar bending strength. Also, a two-phase micromechanical model was used to analytically estimate the compressive strength of the new material, and a rather good agreement between experimental data and theoretical calculations was found to exist.


polymer concrete silica sand polyester compression strength flexural strength micromechanics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Composites Research Laboratory, Center of Excellence in Experimental Solid Mechanics and Dynamics, School of Mechanical EngineeringIran University of Science and TechnologyTehranIran

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