Optimum Dispersion Parameters of Carbon Nanotubes: Concrete Strength by Response Surface Methodologies
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"This paper implements Response Surface Methodologies (RSM) techniques to illustrate the maximum carbon nanotubes (CNTs)-concrete mechanical properties responses to the length, weight fraction and treatment variables. Mixes with different CNTs’ content were prepared and tested for flexure, compression and tension. RSM analysis showed that the highest effect on the strengths was due to the CNTs’ content variable. The analysis showed that a weight fraction of 0.3 wt.% of non-treated CNTs is required to achieve the maximum flexural, compressive and tensile strengths in a batch as per the predicted model. RSM analysis also showed that maximum flexural strength will be obtained by using 0.2 wt. % non-treated long CNTs, 0.25 wt. % non-treated short CNTs and 0.03 wt. % treated long CNTs, respectively."