Self-healing cementitious materials by the combination of microfibres and superabsorbent polymers

  title={Self-healing cementitious materials by the combination of microfibres and superabsorbent polymers},
  author={Didier Snoeck and Kim Van Tittelboom and Stijn Steuperaert and Peter Dubruel and Nele De Belie},
  journal={Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures},
  pages={13 - 24}
Concrete cracks due to its low tensile strength. The presence of cracks endangers the durability as they generate a pathway for harmful particles dissolved in fluids and gases. Without a proper treatment, maintenance costs will increase. Self-healing can prevail in small cracks due to precipitation of calcium carbonate and further hydration. Therefore, the use of microfibres is proposed to control the crack width and thus to promote the self-healing efficiency. In the current research, crack… 
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