Bond Strength Properties of Latex Modified Concrete ;;;;;
Significant improvements in bond strength between new and existing concrete can be achieved through the modification of the new concrete by latex. This study focuses on the investigation of bond strength of latex modified concrete. Pull-out bond test and uniaxial direct tensile bond test are adopted for evaluating the adhesion characteristics of latex modified concrete to conventional concrete substrate. The main experimental variables are test methods, latex-cement ratio, surface preparations and moisture levels. The results are as follows; The increase of latex-cement ratio substantially improves the adhesion between latex modified concrete and substrate. The effects of surface preparation at substrate into the bonding of latex modified concrete are quite different according to the conditions of surfaces. Thus, an adequate surface preparations are essential for good bond strength. Because the moisture level of the substrate may be critical to achieving bond, optimum moisture condition for a conventional concrete has evaluated in this study. The saturated condition of surface is the most appropriate moisture level among the considered, followed by dry condition and wet condition.
latex modified concrete;bond strength;direct putt-out bond test;uniaxial direct tensile bond test;