EFFECTIVE USE OF EPOXY AND POLYESTER RESINS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING STRUCTURES

Because synthetic resins are very different from the inorganic materials with which the construction industry is familiar, more different than is usually appreciated at first sight, the report tries to elucidate these differences, not from the viewpoint of chemical constitution but in terms of the effect of composition on the way they handle at the point of application and their physical behaviour when hardened. The manner in which the properties of these materials are exploited to advantage is then reviewed in the context of different applications. A section on resin practice sets out the factors which require careful attention if the full potential of the material is to be realised and considers the effect of application conditions upon performance. A number of case histories are cited to illustrate the mistakes that can be made in the use of these materials and the misconceptions that exist about their use. A final section makes recommendations for further improvements in the development and marketing of resin compounds for construction work. Two activities involving resins have been exluded from this study: decorative paints (a distinction between paints and surface coatings is made in section 4.2) and flooring compositions. The latter are omitted because they are not generally regarded as part of the structure and because their specification and application is almost invariably placed in the hands of specialist sub-contractors.(a) /TRRL/

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    Construction Industry Research & Information Assoc

    6 Storey's Gate
    London SW1P 3AU,   England 
  • Authors:
    • TABOR, L J
  • Publication Date: 1978-1

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  • Accession Number: 00179908
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Ciria Report 69
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1978 12:00AM