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Crack Width and Propagation in Recycled Coarse Aggregate Concrete Beams Reinforced with Steel Fibres

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Department of Civil Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad 91779-48974, Iran
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Department of Civil Engineering, Texas University at El Paso. Member of Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS), El Paso, TX 79968, USA
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Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georresources, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 1649-004 Lisbon, Portugal
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Department of Civil Engineering, University of Birjand, Birjand 97174-34765, Iran
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(21), 7587; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217587
Received: 23 September 2020 / Revised: 10 October 2020 / Accepted: 20 October 2020 / Published: 28 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in High-Performance of Eco-Efficient Concrete)
Reducing the crack width is a vital feature for protecting rebars from corrosion. In this investigation, the impact of steel fibres (SFs) on the cracking of recycled coarse aggregate reinforced concrete (RCARC) beams was investigated. Twenty-seven reinforced concrete (RC) experimental samples (150 mm × 200 mm × 1500 mm) were manufactured. Shear rebars were considered with different spacings. Specimens were tested under a four-point flexural setup. Recycled coarse aggregate (RCA) from a destroyed building was employed at 0%, 50% and 100% by weight. SFs were added at three contents (0%, 1% and 2%) in order to reduce the crack width. The mid-span load–displacement relationship and the crack propagation and width were measured during the tests. Therefore, this study intended to assess the impact of utilising RCA and natural coarse aggregate on cracks’ spacing and propagation in RC beams when SFs were employed. The obtained outcomes were compared with the requirements of CSA S474, NS 3473E, EC2-04, CEB-FIP and ACI 224R-01. It was found that enough shear rebars should be provided through the beams to control the crack width and propagation, but that SFs enhanced the bending performance of RCARC with no shear rebars. View Full-Text
Keywords: crack width; flexural behaviour; recycled aggregate; reinforced concrete beams; steel fibres crack width; flexural behaviour; recycled aggregate; reinforced concrete beams; steel fibres
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Ghalehnovi, M.; Karimipour, A.; de Brito, J.; Chaboki, H.R. Crack Width and Propagation in Recycled Coarse Aggregate Concrete Beams Reinforced with Steel Fibres. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 7587.

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