Mechanical Properties of Short Polymer Fiber-Reinforced Geopolymer Composites
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The article describes the state of the art in reinforced geopolymers, taking into consideration various types of polymer fiber reinforcements, such as polypropylene, polyethylene, or polylactic acid. The description is focused on the usage of polymer short fibers and the mechanical properties of the geopolymer composites. However, to show a wider research background, numerous references are discussed concerning the selected studies on reinforcing geopolymer composites with long fibers and fabrics. The research method applied in the article is the critical analysis of literature sources, including a comparison of new material with other materials used in similar applications. The results of the research are discussed in a comparative context and the properties of the composites are juxtaposed with the properties of the standard materials used in the construction industry. Potential applications in the construction industry are presented. Moreover, the contemporary research challenges for geopolymer materials reinforced with fibers are presented.
Keywordsgeopolymer, geopolymer composite, mechanical properties, fiber, polymer fiber, synthetic fiber
Document typePeer reviewed
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SourceJournal of Composites Science. 2020, vol. 4, issue 3, p. 1-22.