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Materials 2018, 11(8), 1372; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11081372

The Effect of the Morphology of Coarse Aggregate on the Properties of Self-Compacting High-Performance Fibre-Reinforced Concrete

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Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering, AGH University of Science and Technology, Al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Cracow, Poland
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Faculty of Civil Engineering, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Wybrzeże Wyspiańskiego 27, 50-370 Wrocław, Poland
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The State School of Higher Education in Chełm, ul. Pocztowa 54, 22-100 Chelm, Poland
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Received: 15 June 2018 / Revised: 5 August 2018 / Accepted: 6 August 2018 / Published: 7 August 2018
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Abstract

When understanding the effect of the morphology of coarse aggregate on the properties of a fresh concrete mixture, the strength and deformability of self-compacting high-performance fibre-reinforced concrete (SCHPFRC) can be seen to be critical for its performance. In this research, regular and irregular grains were separated from granite coarse aggregate. The morphology of these grains was described while using digital image analysis. As a result, the aspect ratio, roundness and area ratio were determined in order to better understand this phenomenon. Then, the principal rheological, physical, and mechanical properties of SCHPFRC were determined. The obtained results indicated that the morphology of the grains of coarse aggregate has an impact on the strength and stiffness properties of SCHPFRC. Moreover, significant differences in the transverse strain of concretes were observed. The morphology of the coarse aggregate also has an impact on the rheological parameters of a fresh concrete mixture. To better understand this phenomenon, the hypothesized mechanism of the formation of SCHPFRC caused by different morphology of coarse aggregate was proposed at the end of the article. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-compacting concrete; morphology; coarse aggregate; flowability; fibre-reinforcement self-compacting concrete; morphology; coarse aggregate; flowability; fibre-reinforcement
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Ostrowski, K.; Sadowski, Ł.; Stefaniuk, D.; Wałach, D.; Gawenda, T.; Oleksik, K.; Usydus, I. The Effect of the Morphology of Coarse Aggregate on the Properties of Self-Compacting High-Performance Fibre-Reinforced Concrete. Materials 2018, 11, 1372.

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