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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2017, Article ID 4546732, 12 pages
Research Article

Using the Maturity Method in Predicting the Compressive Strength of Vinyl Ester Polymer Concrete at an Early Age

1Dongil Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd., Seoul 05800, Republic of Korea
2Department of Regional Infrastructure Engineering, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon 24341, Republic of Korea
3Building Projects Operation Division, GS Engineering & Construction, Seoul 03159, Republic of Korea
4Department of Engineering & Technology, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, TX 75429-3011, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Jaeheum Yeon; ude.umat@18noeyj

Received 26 April 2017; Revised 21 June 2017; Accepted 3 July 2017; Published 1 August 2017

Academic Editor: Francesco Ruffino

Copyright © 2017 Nan Ji Jin 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.


The compressive strength of vinyl ester polymer concrete is predicted using the maturity method. The compressive strength rapidly increased until the curing age of 24 hrs and thereafter slowly increased until the curing age of 72 hrs. As the MMA content increased, the compressive strength decreased. Furthermore, as the curing temperature decreased, compressive strength decreased. For vinyl ester polymer concrete, datum temperature, ranging from −22.5 to −24.6°C, decreased as the MMA content increased. The maturity index equation for cement concrete cannot be applied to polymer concrete and the maturity of vinyl ester polymer concrete can only be estimated through control of the time interval . Thus, this study introduced a suitable scaled-down factor () for the determination of polymer concrete’s maturity, and a factor of 0.3 was the most suitable. Also, the DR-HILL compressive strength prediction model was determined as applicable to vinyl ester polymer concrete among the dose-response models. For the parameters of the prediction model, applying the parameters by combining all data obtained from the three different amounts of MMA content was deemed acceptable. The study results could be useful for the quality control of vinyl ester polymer concrete and nondestructive prediction of early age strength.