An Investigation of the Effect of PVA and Boric Acid on Concrete Mixtures

  • Hakan Çağlar
  • Salih Yazıcıoğlu
  • İbrahim Uslu
  • Arzu Çağlar
  • M. Levent Uslu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 6)


In this study, we investigate the effect of the addition of poly vinyl alcohol (PVA), a polymer filler, which is known to promote the strength of unit mass, corrosion strength and the flexibility of the final product together with boric acid as a cross linking agent to concrete polymer composites by viscosity, setting time, compressive and bending strength tests in accordance with Turkish standards. The addition of PVA and boric acid caused 4% increase in 28 days’ compressive strength results. The bending strength on the other hand, the bending strength decreased by 45%. The samples were also investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. The experiments repeated with higher filler concentrations showed that porosity of the final concrete was significantly decreased resulting a much higher quality end product.


Cement Polyvinyl alcohol Boric acid Strength SEM XRD 



The authors would like to thank Gazi Universtiy for the support of foundation with project number of BAP. 07/2015-01.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hakan Çağlar
    • 1
  • Salih Yazıcıoğlu
    • 2
  • İbrahim Uslu
    • 3
  • Arzu Çağlar
    • 4
  • M. Levent Uslu
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringKastamonu UniversityKastamonuTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Civil Engineering, Technology FacultyGazi UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Chemistry Education, Faculty of EducationGazi UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  4. 4.Department of Construction, Abana Sabahat Mesut Yılmaz Higher SchoolKastamonu UniversityKastamonuTurkey

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