Masters Theses


Anyou Zhu


“Over the past decades, wildfires in the United States have caused severe damage and property losses. The California Camp Fire in November 2018 caused 85 civilian fatalities and destroyed 18,793 structures. There is a need to enhance the fire resistance of structures and buildings. The primary purpose of this study was to develop innovative surface-bonded fire-resistant material that can be used as a wall coating with three primary features: (a) workability for application, (b) enough adhesion to the surface of the structure, (c) fire-resistant. This research developed mix designs of innovative fire-resistant coating materials including high-performance cement mortar (HPCM), geopolymer mortar (GPM), and magnesium phosphate (MPCM). And the then the feasibility of HPCM, GPM, and MPCM as fire-resistant coats for structures were investigated. The Taguchi method was used for the proportional design and material optimization of these materials. Then, a variety of performance tests relevant to the fire resistance of the potential fire-resistant coating materials (i.e., HPCM, GPM, and MPCM) were further conducted. The feasibility and potential for these materials as fire-resistant coatings were analyzed and discussed in detail. The present study results show that these developed materials had excellent slip resistance, cohesiveness, and adhesiveness as coating materials. They all had heat insulation to delay the heat transfer into the protected structures for 30 to 40 minutes. The results indicated that the fire-resistant performance of MPCM was better than HPCM and GPM, MPCM had better integrity after heating to 1000℃”--Abstract, page iii.


Liu, Jenny

Committee Member(s)

Ma, Hongyan
Zhang, Xiong


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2020


x, 73 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references (pages 67-72).


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Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Thesis Number

T 11987

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