Volume 3, Issue 5 (September 1975)
Polymeric Materials for Concrete
Session III-9 of the VI International Congress of the Chemistry of Cement (held in September 1974 in Moscow) dealt with cement-polymer materials, or, as it appears from the papers presented, with various types of composites using ordinary cements and organic monomers together as binding materials.
Both the manufacture and the characteristics of these materials open up new potentials and problems to technology and construction development: potentials, because the excellent functional capabilities that can be attained with these composites will be much needed in further technical development; problems, because civil engineering has come to know ordinary cements and concrete quite well over a period of about 150 years' evolution, but is not as familiar as yet with these materials' development based upon modern scientific research.
This paper presents the “pros and cons” of this entirety, based upon the contents of the principal paper “Cement-Polymer Materials,” by G. M. Idorn and Z. Fördös, presented to the above session of the Cement Chemistry Congress.