Materiales de Construcción, Vol 62, No 307 (2012)

Effect of carbon nanofiber addition in the mechanical properties and durability of cementitious materials

O. Galao
Universidad de Alicante, Spain

E. Zornoza
Universidad de Alicante, Spain

F. J. Baeza
Universidad de Alicante, Spain

A. Bernabeu
Universidad de Alicante, Spain

P. Garcés
Universidad de Alicante, Spain


This paper reports on recent work that is directed at studying the changes in the mechanical properties of Portland cement based mortars due to the addition of carbon nanofiber (CNF). Both flexural and compression strength has been determined and related to the CNF addition to the mix, to the curing time and to the porosity and density of the matrix. Also, corrosion of embedded steel rebars in CNF cement pastes exposed to carbonation and chloride attacks has been investigated. The increase in CNF addition implies higher corrosion intensity and higher levels of mechanical properties.


carbon nanofibers; cement; mechanical properties; durability; corrosion

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