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Improving properties of cement based skim coat through controlling water absorption using a vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer

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dc.contributor.advisor Prasantha MAB
dc.contributor.advisor Premachandra J Wickramanayaka S 2020 2020 2020
dc.description.abstract Improving properties of cement-based skim coat through controlling water absorption using a Vinyl Acetate-Ethylene copolymer This study aims to describe and complement the existing knowledge on the effect of re-dispersible polymer powder (RDP) on water absorption (capillary and surface), application and mechanical properties of cement-based skim coat. The skim coat is a mixture of cement (binder), dolomite powder (filler), cellulose thickener (water retention agent) and re-dispersible polymer powder as a performance-enhancing additive. In this study, commercially available white cement with CEM 42.5 N strength class, Methyl Hydroxyl Ethyl Cellulose (MHEC), Vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (RDP) and locally available dolomite powder with particle size below 150 microns have been used. The dosage of RDP was changed from 0% to 2.5 % by the total weight of the formulations. Furthermore, to evaluate the effect of MHEC on the application and final properties of the cement-based skim coat, the MHEC amount was changed from 0 % to 0.4% by the total weight of the formulation. Three white cement-based skim coat products from the market were used to compare the effect of the RDP addition. Water to skim coat mixing ratio was kept constant at 35:100 throughout the experiment. It was found that RDP improved the mechanical properties of the dried skim coat and application properties of the fresh skim coat paste. Adhesive strength and flexural strength were increased with RDP dosage while compressive strength had an optimum RDP level between 1%-1.5%. Open time and setting times were positively affected by RDP dosage and optimum flow properties were achieved at 1.5% of RDP. Both capillary and surface water absorption were reduced with the addition of RDP and reached the lowest at 1.5 % wt. All the application and final performance of the skim coat were improved from 0% to 0.4% with the addition of MHEC. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject POLYMER TECHNOLOGY-Dissertations en_US
dc.subject BUILDINGS-Walls-Skim Coat en_US
dc.subject BUILDINGS-Ceilings-Skim Coat en_US
dc.title Improving properties of cement based skim coat through controlling water absorption using a vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer en_US
dc.type Thesis-Abstract en_US
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US MSc in Polymer Technology en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Chemical and Process Engineering en_US 2020
dc.identifier.accno TH4150 en_US

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