Engineering Performance of Polyurethane Bonded Aggregates

  • Haimin WU Hohai University
  • Yiming SHU
  • Yunfeng LIU
Keywords: polyurethane bonded aggregate, permeability, compressive strength, elasticity modulus, flexural strength


In this paper the engineering performance of polyurethane (PUR) bonded aggregate were studied. The engineering performance, including compressive and flexural mechanical properties, void ratio, and coefficient of permeability were determined through laboratory tests. Moreover, the effects of two different curing conditions on the compressive strength properties of a PUR bonded aggregate were also evaluated. The compressive strengths of PUR bonded aggregates were found to be lower than that of conventional porous concrete, which is a commonly used cushion material. However, experimental results indicated a higher void ratio and coefficient of permeability, lower elasticity modulus, better toughness, and stronger adaptability to flexural deformation compared to porous concrete. Consequently, PUR bonded aggregate is a better solution than porous concrete when used as the cushion material of a geomembrane surface barrier for a high rock-fill dam.