Effect of Surface Finishing Materials on the Moisture Conditions in Concrete: Vapor and water permeability of finishing materials under changing environmental conditions

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Title: Effect of Surface Finishing Materials on the Moisture Conditions in Concrete: Vapor and water permeability of finishing materials under changing environmental conditions

Author(s): Dong-Woo Ryu

Publication: IJCSM

Volume: 2

Issue: 2

Appears on pages(s): 83-90

Keywords: Finishing materials; Temperature; Relative humidity; Rainfall; Relative moisture content; Concrete

Date: 12/31/2008

Abstract:
Permeability to vapor and water among other performances required for finishing materials is dealt with in this study. The relative moisture content of concrete coated/covered with a finishing material was experimentally investigated while changing the environmental conditions including temperature, relative humidity, and rainfall. An organic paint (water-based urethane), organic synthetic resin emulsion-type film coating (film coating E), and inorganic porcelain tiles were selected as the finishing materials. When compared from the aspect of vapor and water permeability, the vapor permeability and water permeability of water-based urethane were high and low, respectively; those of film coating E were high and high, respectively; and those of porcelain tiles were low and low, respectively. This means that the moisture state of concrete structures is governed not only by the environmental conditions but also by the performance of finishing materials. It is therefore of paramount importance to appropriately select a finishing material to address the specific deteriorative factors involved in the concrete structure to be finished.


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