Polymer Concrete (MMA) for Bridge Rehabilitation Applications

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Title: Polymer Concrete (MMA) for Bridge Rehabilitation Applications

Author(s): Arthur M. Dinitz and Russ Ferri

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 89

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 141-160

Keywords: bridge decks; bridges (structures); joints (junctions); methyl methacrylate; polymer concrete; rehabili-tation; repairs; resurfacing.

Date: 12/1/1985

Abstract:
P.C. (MMA) systems have been in use for over 20 years and have become one of the most promising materials for the rapid repair of concrete, especially bridge deck repairs. The major bridge applications include joint and spa11 repairs, thin bonded overlays, and deck impregnation. The latest design concept utilizing P.C. (MMA) is for modular bridge deck replacement using the P.C. (MMA) for bearing pads, for joining individual panels and for contraction joint pours. Pre-packaged systems consist of two components, a pre-mixed powder that contains fine aggregates coated with polymers, initiators and pigments and a liquid monomer component (Methyl Methacrylate). The practical success of the systems have been due to the application technology developed through applied research by commercial firms. Repair work with P.C.(MMA) is similar to work using Portland Cement Concrete and proper surface preparation is essential to the successful use of P.C. (MMA) for rehabilitation. P.C. (MMA), has many advantages over conventional concrete, including among others, rapid setting, ease of use, usability in hot and cold temperatures and water and salt resistance. P.C. (MMA) can also be feathered to "zero". There are several different P.C. (MMA) systems, each ideally suited for a particular application (i.e. thin overlays, spa11 repairs, etc.) and any questions related to its use should always be checked with the manufac-turer.