Permeability and Freeze-Thaw Resistance of Latex Modified Concrete ;;;;;
This study focused on the investigation of durability of latex modified concrete in the points of chloride ion permeability and freeze-thaw resistance as latex content variated such as 5%, 10%, 15% and 20%. When latex was mixed in concrete and cured, the concrete consisted of hydrated cement and aggregate interconnected by a film of latex particles. An increasing the amount of latex produced concrete with increased flexural strength, but with slightly lower compressive strength. The increase in flexural strength might be attributed to the latex films between the hydrated cement and aggregates, and the decrease in compressive strength to the flexibility of the latex component named by Butadiene. The rapid chloride permeability test was used to evaluate the relative permeability of latex-modified concretes and conventional concretes. The results showed that the permeability of latex-modified concretes was considerably lower than conventional concretes tested, which might be due to the latex filled in voids and interconnections of hydrated cement and aggregates by a film of latex particles. The freeze-thaw resistance of LMC was quite good comparing to conventional concrete. Air entraining agent has been used in conventional concrete to improve the freeze/thaw resistance, but latex modified concrete does not need additional air entraining agent for freeze-thaw resistance provided adequate cure occurs.