Materiales de Construcción, Vol 70, No 337 (2020)

Recent advances in structural fibre-reinforced concrete focused on polyolefin-based macro-synthetic fibres


https://doi.org/10.3989/mc.2020.12418

M. G. Alberti
Department of Construction. School of Civil Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
orcid https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7276-8030

A. Enfedaque
Department of Construction. School of Civil Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
orcid https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5659-7358

J. C. Gálvez
Department of Construction. School of Civil Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
orcid https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9106-2917

A. Picazo
Department of Building Technology. School of Building. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
orcid https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8496-8008

Abstract


Fibre-reinforced concrete (FRC) allows reduction in, or substitution of, steel-bars to reinforce concrete and led to the commonly named structural FRC, with steel fibres being the most widespread. Macro-polymer fibres are an alternative to steel fibres, being the main benefits: chemical stability and lower weight for analogous residual strengths of polyolefin-fibre-reinforced concrete (PFRC). Furthermore, polyolefin fibres offer additional advantages such as safe-handling, low pump-wear, light weight in transport and storage, and an absence of corrosion. Other studies have also revealed environmental benefits. After 30 years of research and practice, there remains a need to review the opportunities that such a type of fibre may provide for structural FRC. This study seeks to show the advances and future challenges of use of these polyolefin fibres and summarise the main properties obtained in both fresh and hardened states of PFRC, focussing on the residual strengths obtained from flexural tensile tests.

Keywords


Concrete; Fibre reinforcement; Mechanical properties; Tensile strength; Durability; Polyolefin fibres

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