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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 7508904, 6 pages
Research Article

Carbon Nanotubes in Cementitious Composites: Dispersion, Implementation, and Influence on Mechanical Characteristics

Faculty of Civil Engineering, Institute of Technology of Building Materials and Components, Brno University of Technology, Veveri 331/95, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic

Received 18 February 2016; Revised 23 June 2016; Accepted 14 July 2016

Academic Editor: Gonzalo Martínez-Barrera

Copyright © 2016 Tomas Jarolim 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.


For effective utilization of nanoparticles in cementitious composite materials, their perfect dispersion is necessary. Appropriate quantity of ultrasonic energy (US energy), as well as usage of proper and compatible surfactant, is a prerequisite for carbon nanotubes’ (CNT) suitable deagglomeration. US energy was supplied by Bandelin Sonopuls HD 3200 ultrasonic homogenizer. Influence of US energy’s amount on CNT’s dispersion in aqueous medium was monitored in two steps: at first roughly by an optical microscope and in the next step precisely by the measurement of absorbance via UV/Vis spectrophotometry. After the appropriate amount of US energy was found, cement mortars with CNT were prepared and tested. Their physical and mechanical properties were examined and compared to the reference specimens.