Polymer-modified Mortars. The first thing to understand is that polymers are primarily used to modify mortars (portland cement + water + sand aggregate), not concrete (mortar + larger aggregates such as gravel or stone), due to the relative cost involved.
Correspondingly, what is a polymer cement?
Polymer concretes are a type of concrete that use polymers to replace lime-type cements as a binder. In some cases the polymer is used in addition to portland cement to form Polymer Cement Concrete (PCC) or Polymer Modified Concrete (PMC).
What is a light weight concrete?
The concrete mixture is made with a lightweight coarse aggregate. Lightweight aggregates used in structural lightweight concrete are typically expanded shale, clay or slate materials that have been fired in a rotary kiln to develop a porous structure. Other products such as air-cooled blast furnace slag are also used.