Surface treatment with silicon-based nanoparticles induced during curing: Effect on durability of portland cement based materials

Dulce María Cruz Moreno, GERARDO DEL JESÚS FAJARDO SAN MIGUEL, Ismael Flores Vivián, Arquímedes Cruz López, Pedro Leobardo Valdez Tamez


The effect of the introduction of silicon-based nanoparticles (NBS) prepared by the sol-gel method was studied. The introduction of NBS was induced for 72 hours during curing by using mortar specimens with a w/c ratio of 0.65 and a suspension prepared at [NBS] = 0.1% with respect to the volume of the curing water. Subsequently, the samples followed a period of immersion in potable water to promote the reaction of NBS inside mortar. Frequent measurements of electrical resistivity were made. Subsequently, a series of specimens were exposed in environments rich in Cl- or CO2. The results indicated a decrease in the penetration of aggressive agents into the mortar specimens. This coincides with increasing resistivity specimens treated with respect to the reference.


durability; surface treatment; nanoparticles; curing; permeability


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