Mechanical properties of self-compacting concrete reinforced with polypropylene fibres


Gencel O., Ozel C. , BROSTOW W., MARTINEZ-BARRERA G.

MATERIALS RESEARCH INNOVATIONS, cilt.15, ss.216-225, 2011 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 15 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2011
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1179/143307511x13018917925900
  • Dergi Adı: MATERIALS RESEARCH INNOVATIONS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.216-225

Özet

The properties of hardened concrete can be significantly improved by fibres. However, the addition of fibres to fresh concrete results in a loss of workability. Self-compacting concrete (SCC) is an innovative concrete that is able to flow under its own weight, completely filling formwork and achieving full compaction without vibration. In the present study, the workability and mechanical properties of SCC with fly ash reinforced with monofilament polypropylene fibres were investigated. Two cement contents at 350 and 450 kg m(-3) were studied as well with four fibre contents at 3, 6, 9 and 12 kg m(-3). The water/cement ratio, fly ash and superplasticiser contents were kept constant at 0.40, 120 kg m(-3) and 1% of cement content respectively. Slump flow, J ring, V funnel and air content tests were conducted for evaluating the fluidity, filling ability and segregation risk of the fresh concretes. Unit weight, compressive strength, splitting tensile strength, flexural strength, pulse velocity and elasticity modulus of concrete were determined. The materials used in this study exhibit no problems with mixing or workability when the fibre distribution is uniform. The polypropylene fibres enhance the strength of SCC significantly, without causing well known problems associated with steel fibres.