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The Self-Sealing Capacity of Environmentally Friendly, Highly Damped, Fibre-Reinforced Concrete

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Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B152TT, UK
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Laboratory for Track Engineering and Operations for Future Uncertainties (TOFU Lab), School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B152TT, UK
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School of Civil Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, China
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Materials 2020, 13(2), 298; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13020298
Received: 30 November 2019 / Revised: 6 January 2020 / Accepted: 7 January 2020 / Published: 9 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Self-Healing and Smart Cementitious Construction Materials)
Cracks could attenuate the service life of concrete structures because of the intrusion of hazardous substances such as water. In this study, different proportions of Duras S500 fibre were employed to investigate the self-sealing capacity of environmentally friendly, highly damped, fibre-reinforced concrete (EFHDFRC) containing 5% crumb rubber. The workability of EFHDFRC with different proportions of the fibre was investigated by mechanical properties test. The self-sealing capacity was first measured by introducing the ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV) test combined with the damage degree in a time-dependent manner. In addition, the regained compressive strength test and visual inspection were applied as additional measures of the self-sealing capacity. The experimental results show that EFHDFRC with different proportions of fibre showed the maximum sealing degree between the 42nd and 51st days after casting the concrete. EFHDFRC with 0.1% fibre had the best performance and the maximum self-sealing degree (2.82%). In summary, it has been proven that 0.1% fibre could stimulate the self-sealing capacity of EFHDFRC by bridging cracked concrete. Moreover, it is noted that sufficient space in cracks is essential for precipitation formation, which could seal the cracks. The new insights of this innovative self-healing, high-damping material are essential for industrial applications exposed to dynamic load conditions such as railway turnout bearers and sleepers, highspeed rail track slabs, blast-resistant walls and columns, and so on. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-sealing concrete; ultrasonic pulse velocity; fibre-reinforced concrete; environmentally friendly materials; highly damped concrete; rubberized concrete self-sealing concrete; ultrasonic pulse velocity; fibre-reinforced concrete; environmentally friendly materials; highly damped concrete; rubberized concrete
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Huang, X.; Ge, J.; Kaewunruen, S.; Su, Q. The Self-Sealing Capacity of Environmentally Friendly, Highly Damped, Fibre-Reinforced Concrete. Materials 2020, 13, 298. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13020298

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Huang X, Ge J, Kaewunruen S, Su Q. The Self-Sealing Capacity of Environmentally Friendly, Highly Damped, Fibre-Reinforced Concrete. Materials. 2020; 13(2):298. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13020298

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Huang, Xu; Ge, Jun; Kaewunruen, Sakdirat; Su, Qian. 2020. "The Self-Sealing Capacity of Environmentally Friendly, Highly Damped, Fibre-Reinforced Concrete" Materials 13, no. 2: 298. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13020298

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