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Advances in Civil Engineering
Volume 2010, Article ID 985843, 19 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/985843
Review Article

From Material Level to Structural Use of Mineral-Based Composites—An Overview

1Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Brovej, Building 18, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
2Group Material Technology, Norut Narvik Ltd, P.O. Box 250, 8504 Narvik, Norway
3Division of Structural Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, 97187 Luleå, Sweden

Received 22 April 2009; Revised 17 January 2010; Accepted 4 March 2010

Academic Editor: Tarun Kant

Copyright © 2010 Katalin Orosz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper surveys different material combinations and applications in the field of mineral-based strengthening of concrete structures. Focus is placed on mechanical behaviour on material and component levels in different cementitious composites; with the intention of systematically maping the applicable materials and material combinations for mineral-based strengthening. A comprehensive description of a particular strengthening system developed in Sweden and Denmark, denominated as Mineral-based Composites (MBCs), together with tests from composite material properties to structural elements is given. From tests and survey it can be concluded that the use of mineral-based strengthening system can be effectively used to increase the load bearing capacity of the strengthened structure. The paper concludes with suggestions on further development in the field of mineral-based strengthening.