A systematic investigation of the waterproofing performance and chloride resistance of a self-developed waterborne silane-based hydrophobic agent for mortar and concrete

Xiao Xue, Yanwen Li, Zhuo Yang, Zhongyu He, Jianguo Dai, Lijin Xu, Weidong Zhang

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The low penetration depth of the waterborne hydrophobic agent is found to be primarily determined by the large micelle size. Moreover, the capillary water absorption is significantly suppressed by the surface treatment of the cement-based substrates with the waterborne hydrophobic agent. In terms of the water penetrability, the waterborne hydrophobic agent has remarkable thermal, low-temperature, ultraviolet, alkali and acid resistances. The compactness of the mortar specimen impregnated with the waterborne hydrophobic agent is improved, resulting in the unexpected increase in the water impermeability of the impregnated mortar. In addition, the impregnated concrete specimen has a pronounced chloride resistance. The penetration depth of the waterborne hydrophobic agent developed in this work is as low as 0.43 mm, yet it is still more than qualified to serve as a waterproofing product.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939-946
Number of pages8
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2017


  • Capillary water absorption
  • Chloride resistance
  • Micelle size
  • Micro-pore structure
  • Penetration depth
  • Water impermeability
  • Water penetrability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)

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