Boron nitride nanosheet as a promising reinforcement for cementitious composites

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Original languageEnglish
Article number151395
Journal / PublicationApplied Surface Science
Online published25 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2022


Boron nitride nanosheet (BNNS) is a good candidate for cement paste to improve the weak interlayer bonding strength in three-dimensional (3D) concrete printing. In addition, the increased viscosity with the addition of BNNS leads to enhanced shear performance, which can help to tackle the problems of poor stability and eccentricity. To understand the reinforcing role of BNNS, the investigation of shear properties in BNNS-tobermorite composite is carried out using molecular dynamics simulations. The microstructure is characterized to show the good matching between BNNS and tobermorite. The improvement of BNNS in the shear modulus of BNNS-tobermorite composite and the load transfer between BNNS and tobermorite is also quantified. The results provide an in-depth understanding of the enhancing mechanism of BNNS in the shear properties of tobermorite composite, which envisions the promising application of BNNS in 3D printed concrete.

Research Area(s)

  • Boron nitride nanosheet, Cementitious composites, Interfaces, Molecular dynamics simulation, Nanostructures