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Title: Aspects of micromechanical properties of cement-based materials.
Author: Trtik, Pavel.
Awarding Body: University of Paisley
Current Institution: University of the West of Scotland
Date of Award: 2000
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The research reported in this thesis deals mainly with the use of novel nanotechnology-based testing methods in the field of cement-based composites. The existing knowledge of indentation test methods is presented and reviewed. The research presented focuses on the development and pilot usage of depth-sensing indentation (DSI) test methods. The use of DSI test methods for cement-based materials covers two distinct areas. The first area includes the testing of micromechanical properties of cement pastes/matrices. The development in DSI test methods allows direct measurements of properties, such as hardness, elastic modulus, etc., at microscale. Special attention is paid to assessment of interfacial regions in such cement-based materials. In the second area, DSI test methods are used for assessment of interfacial properties of fibre reinforced cementitious composites, with focus being directed to composites reinforced by bundles of microfilaments. A new push-out test method for individual microfilaments collated in a bundle and embedded in cementitious matrix is proposed and developed. Novel use of other nanotechnology-based techniques, such as focused ion beam (FIB) techniques, forms another part of this thesis. The focused ion beam milling technique was utilised for production of diamond probes which enabled push-out tests of individual glass microfibres to be carried out. Also, FIB cross-sectioning of indents induced by DSI test methods was performed. This novel research method showed large potential for a better interpretation of the test and an improved understanding of the microfracture processes in cement-based materials. Detailed information about FIB techniques is therefore presented in a separate chapter. The focus of this project has been to develop methods which will enable further systematic research into micromechanical properties of cementitious materials and may lead to the ultimate goal of this investigation - the development of a new generation of materials of improved macromechanical properties and durability.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Nanotechnology; Glass fibre reinforced Composite materials