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Tensile and Flexural Properties of Cement Composites Reinforced with Flax Nonwoven Fabrics

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Departament d’Enginyeria Agroalimentària i Biotecnologia, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona 08034, Spain
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Departament de Ciència dels Materials i Enginyeria Metal·lúrgica, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona 08034, Spain
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Departament d’Enginyeria Civil i Ambiental, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona 08034, Spain
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Academic Editors: Yong Sheng and Jorge de Brito
Materials 2017, 10(2), 215; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma10020215
Received: 19 December 2016 / Revised: 27 January 2017 / Accepted: 20 February 2017 / Published: 22 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Textile Composites)
The aim of this study is to develop a process to produce high-performance cement-based composites reinforced with flax nonwoven fabrics, analyzing the influence of the fabric structure—thickness and entanglement—on mechanical behavior under flexural and tensile loadings. For this purpose, composite with flax nonwoven fabrics with different thicknesses were first prepared and their cement infiltration was evaluated with backscattered electron (BSE) images. The nonwoven fabrics with the optimized thickness were then subjected to a water treatment to improve their stability to humid environments and the fiber-matrix adhesion. For a fixed thickness, the effect of the nonwoven entanglement on the mechanical behavior was evaluated under flexural and direct tension tests. The obtained results indicate that the flax nonwoven fabric reinforcement leads to cement composites with substantial enhancement of ductility. View Full-Text
Keywords: cement composites; nonwoven fabrics; tensile properties; mechanical behavior cement composites; nonwoven fabrics; tensile properties; mechanical behavior
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Claramunt, J.; Ventura, H.; Fernández-Carrasco, L.J.; Ardanuy, M. Tensile and Flexural Properties of Cement Composites Reinforced with Flax Nonwoven Fabrics. Materials 2017, 10, 215. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma10020215

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Claramunt J, Ventura H, Fernández-Carrasco LJ, Ardanuy M. Tensile and Flexural Properties of Cement Composites Reinforced with Flax Nonwoven Fabrics. Materials. 2017; 10(2):215. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma10020215

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Claramunt, Josep; Ventura, Heura; Fernández-Carrasco, Lucía J.; Ardanuy, Mònica. 2017. "Tensile and Flexural Properties of Cement Composites Reinforced with Flax Nonwoven Fabrics" Materials 10, no. 2: 215. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma10020215

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