In the materials field, a very interesting development is taking place with polymer-impregnated concrete. Precast concrete, immersed in a monomer, is then exposed to irradiation or thermal treatment which converts the monomer to a polymer. The resultant concrete is very high strength up to 1600 kg/cm squared, impermeable, and with excellent abrasion resistance. While commercial production has not yet commenced, and the detailed application to barges and caissons must be worked out, this material would appear to be of major significance for future structures in the Arctic. Concrete, and especially high quality prestressed concrete, appears to be highly suited for the construction of a wide variety of Arctic structures. It possesses excellent properties for resisting the environmental loadings and conditions, and is inherently practicable and economical.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Abstract of paper delivered at the First International Conference on "Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions" held at Trondheim, Norway, August 23-30, 1971
  • Corporate Authors:

    POAC Conference

  • Authors:
    • Gerwick Jr, B C
  • Publication Date: 1971

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00025710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Arctic Institute of North America
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1974 12:00AM