Journal of Undergraduate Research


polyester polymer concrete, material properties, PPC


Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology


Civil and Environmental Engineering


The purpose of this project was to investigate selected material properties of polyester polymer concrete (PPC) using laboratory testing. PPC is a synthetic concrete that combines sand and coarse aggregate with a polyester resin binder that takes the place of conventional portland cement. PPC is commonly used as an overlay material on bridge decks. There is some ambiguity about several important mechanical properties of PPC, including coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), degree of hardening, and modulus of elasticity. The objective of this research was to investigate the effect of temperature on these properties. The results of this research will help bridge engineers better understand the mechanical properties of PPC and appropriate applications for its use.