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Investigation on the Mechanical Properties and Post-Cracking Behavior of Polyolefin Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Kaunas University of Technology, LT-44249 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Fibers 2019, 7(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/fib7010008
Received: 29 November 2018 / Revised: 8 January 2019 / Accepted: 18 January 2019 / Published: 20 January 2019
This paper deals with the behavior of concrete’s self-compatibility in a fresh state and its compressive and flexural strength in a hardened state with the addition of polyolefin macro fibers. Four different amounts (3 kg/m3, 4.5 kg/m3, 6 kg/m3, and 9 kg/m3) of polyolefin macro fibers were mixed into the concrete mixture to observe the differences in workability and strength properties between the concrete specimens. As a partial replacement of cement, class C type of fly ash was added to make up 25% of the total cement mass. The water-binder ratio (W/B) of the concrete mix was 0.36. Superplasticizer was added to the concrete mixture to achieve self-compacting properties. The slump test was carried out in the fresh state for determining the flowability. On the 7th and 28th days of the curing process, compression strength tests were performed, and on the 28th day, flexural strength tests and crack mouth opening displacement (CMOD) analyses were carried out to determine the strength properties and post-cracking behavior of the concrete samples. Bending strength and post-cracking behavior of the samples were improved by the addition of fibers. The fiber concentration in the concrete mixture greatly influenced the slump flow and self-compaction properties. View Full-Text
Keywords: polyolefin fiber; CMOD test; post cracking behavior; bending strength; fly ash concrete polyolefin fiber; CMOD test; post cracking behavior; bending strength; fly ash concrete
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Adhikary, S.K.; Rudzionis, Z.; Balakrishnan, A.; Jayakumar, V. Investigation on the Mechanical Properties and Post-Cracking Behavior of Polyolefin Fiber Reinforced Concrete. Fibers 2019, 7, 8.

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