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Modification of Portland cement mortars with cactus gum

Juan-Bosco Hernandez-Zaragoza, Carlos-Eduardo Caballero-Badillo, Arnulfo Rosas-Juarez, Teresa López-Lara, Jaime Hinojosa-Torres and Victor-Manuel Castaño
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Portland cement-based mortars, of the standard type used for modern constructions, were modified by adding lyophilized cactus gum, extracted from an indigenous Mexican cactus. The results show an increase in compressive strength as high as 65 % with respect to standard mortars

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