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Fibers 2016, 4(1), 6; doi:10.3390/fib4010006

Properties of Fiber-Reinforced Mortars Incorporating Nano-Silica

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Civil Engineering Department, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5V6, Canada
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Lagan Construction, Belfast BT3 9HA, UK
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Civil Engineering Department, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT9 5AG, UK
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Academic Editor: Mahmoud Reda Taha
Received: 12 December 2015 / Accepted: 25 January 2016 / Published: 2 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) for Infrastructure Applications)
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Abstract

Repair and rehabilitation of deteriorating concrete elements are of significant concern in many infrastructural facilities and remain a challenging task. Concerted research efforts are needed to develop repair materials that are sustainable, durable, and cost-effective. Research data show that fiber-reinforced mortars/concretes have superior performance in terms of volume stability and toughness. In addition, it has been recently reported that nano-silica particles can generally improve the mechanical and durability properties of cement-based systems. Thus, there has been a growing interest in the use of nano-modified fiber-reinforced cementitious composites/mortars (NFRM) in repair and rehabilitation applications of concrete structures. The current study investigates various mechanical and durability properties of nano-modified mortar containing different types of fibers (steel, basalt, and hybrid (basalt and polypropylene)), in terms of compressive and flexural strengths, toughness, drying shrinkage, penetrability, and resistance to salt-frost scaling. The results highlight the overall effectiveness of the NFRM owing to the synergistic effects of nano-silica and fibers. View Full-Text
Keywords: repair; mortar; fibers; nano-silica; strength; toughness; shrinkage; durability repair; mortar; fibers; nano-silica; strength; toughness; shrinkage; durability
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Ghazy, A.; Bassuoni, M.T.; Maguire, E.; O’Loan, M. Properties of Fiber-Reinforced Mortars Incorporating Nano-Silica. Fibers 2016, 4, 6.

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