Materials and Structures

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 123–130 | Cite as

Properties of polyvinyl alcohol cement pastes

  • Priya Viswanath
  • Eby T. Thachil
Original Article


Properties of cement pastes containing varying amounts of each of polyvinyl alcohol (PVAL), mixtures of polyvinyl alcohol and phenol formaldehyde (PF) and mixtures of poly vinyl alcohol and borax were studied in this paper. Though the strength parameters of the PVAL-cement pastes are comparable to virgin cement paste their resistance to acid is far superior. Soxhlet extraction with water, done to determine leachability of the polymer from the polymer cement paste, revealed that the percentage of polyvinyl alcohol leached out was less when borax or PF resin was added to the PVAL cement paste. The compressive strength of the poly vinyl alcohol–phenol formaldehyde cement paste was found to be inferior to the other two cases but the retention of compressive strength after immersing in each of acid, base and kerosene was much better. In general, polyvinyl alcohol when added to cement pastes improves the chemical resistance properties in terms of retention of compressive strength after exposure to chemicals.


Polyvinyl alcohol Interactions Leachability Chemical resistance Compressive strength 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Polymer Science and Rubber TechnologyCochin University of Science and TechnologyKochiIndia

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