Materiales de Construcción, Vol 68, No 329 (2018)

Static and cyclic performance of cementitious composites reinforced with glass-fibres


https://doi.org/10.3989/mc.2018.10216

N. Arabi
Materials Geomaterials and Environment Laboratory, Badji Mokhtar-Annaba University, Algeria
orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5381-2422

Abstract


This paper concerns an experimental study of the influence of short glass-fibres randomly oriented of a reinforced cement-based composite on the mechanical behaviour. The matrix material parameters used are: cement/sand ratio and water/cement ratio fixed at 0.5; the glass-fibre content (0%, 0.5%, 1.0%, 1.5%, 2% and 2.5%) and fibre lengths (3, 6 and 12 mm). Composites mechanical characterisation under static behaviour at flexural and compression tests, shows that the reinforcement effect is beneficial only in flexural case. A synergy (matrix-reinforcement) was observed when fibre length of 12 mm is used with application rate of 2% in flexural. The fatigue behaviour determined by Wöhler plots (stress-number of cycles to rupture), derived from experimental results; showed a large results dispersion which is attributed to many causes initiating this damage. The cyclic tests illustrate brittle character of these materials; even with low-amplitude cycles of loading no adaptation of these materials can be reported.

Keywords


Alkali; Glass; Fibre reinforcement; Flexural strength; Fatigue

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