The principles of applied research are briefly reviewed, and the concrete-polymer materials development program is described in detail as an example of goal-oriented research. In this program the ancient technology of concrete is mated with the recent technology of polymers. The composites are classified as polymer-impregnated concrete (PIC), polymer-cement concrete (PCC), cementless polymer-concrete (PC), and concrete with coating in depth (CID). The tasks in the program include monomer survey, process technology, measurement of properties, applications development, economic evaluation, and administration. The materials obtained and their characteristics are described. The durability and structural strength of concrete-polymer are much improved over those of conventional concrete. A number of government agencies, industrial associations, universities, and foreign firms have taken up this research, and preliminary marketing evaluations are in progress. Major potential applications include piping, building panels, bridge decking, distillation vessels, and mine supports. Costs versus product value are briefly discussed.

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    • Lecture Series 105, given at Brookhaven National Laboratory, October 6, 1971.
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  • Authors:
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  • Publication Date: 1972-6-30

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  • Report/Paper Numbers: Abstr. 28665
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  • Created Date: Jun 1 1974 12:00AM