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Abstract: The expanding production of polymeric materials is causing plastic waste to become a growing concern. This study aimed to fabricate cement and mortar composites that contained plastic in an attempt to extend the life of non-reusable plastics. The thermal conductivity of the composite material was measured using the transient plane source (TPS) technique. Results showed that as expected, thermal conductivity decreased as the plastic content in cement and mortar composites increased. The results of this study indicated that plastic waste can be used in conjunction with mortar and concrete to improve thermal insulation of composite materials with uses in non-structural applications. 

Reference: Construction and Building Materials, 104 (2016) 298-310

DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2015.12.005