In cold areas, frost damage is the main factor for diminution of durability and serviceability of structures. Due to incessant freeze thaw regimes, micro cracks spread and deteriorate concrete to point of failure.Design/methodology/approachThe study aims to evaluate the fresh and hardened properties of concrete after thirty freeze-thaw cycles tailored with carbon nano tubes. For this purpose, samples with 0.4, 0.45, 0.48, 0.5 and 0.55 water cement ratio while 0.5 and 1% carbon nano tube (CNT) content by weight of cement were prepared.FindingsAt 0.48 water cement ratio and 0.5% CNT by weight of cement workability reduced by 37% and water absorption reduced by 0.04%. But compressive strength, split tensile strength and flexural strength increased by 15.38, 33.02 and 15.75%, respectively, after 30 freeze thaw cycles. Also, weight loss reduced with addition of 0.5% CNT by weight of cement after freeze thaw cycles.Originality/valueNovelty of this research is to tailor traditional concrete with new materials.
World Journal of Engineering – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 7, 2021
Keywords: Compressive strength; Concrete; Freeze-thaw; Flexural strength; Multi-walled carbon nano tubes; Split tensile strength; Water-cement ratio; Workability; Weight loss