DEVELOPMENT OF SPECIALIZED SULFUR CONCRETES

Specialized sulfur concretes were developed by the Federal Bureau of Mines as a result of research for the beneficial utilization of sulfur in construction materials. Materials were developed for use in acid and salt corrosive environments where portland cement concrete has been found to deteriorate. Because the mineral aggregates also come into contact with the corrosive media, concretes were developed utilizing both limestone and quartz aggregates. The sulfur binder used with both aggregates was modified by reaction with 5 pct dicyclopentadiene to improve product durability. Sulfur quartz aggregate concrete was found to have moderately high strength characteristics (6,000 psi compressive) and was extremely resistant to chemical attack by both acid and salt solutions. Sulfur limestone aggregate concrete exhibited very high strength characteristics (9,000 psi compressive) and was extremely resistant to chemical attack of salt solutions. Both types of concretes maintained their strength and integrity after long-term testing in acid and salt solutions and exhibited considerable resistance to damage by the action of freezing and thawing. Potential uses include leach tanks, electrolytic cells, thickeners, bridge decking, industrial flooring, pipe, and tile.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Bureau of Mines

    Boulder City Metallurgy Engineering Laboratory
    Boulder City, NV  USA 
  • Authors:
    • McBee, W C
    • Sullivan, T A
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Pagination: 27 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00198591
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: BUMINES-RI-8346 Invest Rpt
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1980 12:00AM