Influence of Synthetic Fibers on the Flexural Properties of Concrete: Prediction of Toughness as a Function of Volume, Slenderness Ratio and Elastic Modulus of Fibers
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The construction industry requires concrete with adequate post-cracking behavior for applications such as tunnels, bridges, and pavements. For this reason, polypropylene macrofibers are used, which are synthetic fibers that fulfill the function of providing residual strength to concrete. In this study, an experimental plan is carried out to evaluate the bending behavior of concrete reinforced with polypropylene fibers using the four-point bending test according to ASTM C1609. Three fiber dosages (3.6, 7.2 and 10.8 kg/m3) and three fiber lengths (40, 50, and 60 mm) were used. The use of macro polypropylene fibers increased the post-cracking behavior of concrete. In addition, based on the experimentally obtained results and available literature data, a multivariable equation was developed to predict the concrete toughness as a function of the volume, slenderness, and modulus of elasticity of the fibers. A Pearson’s correlation coefficient, r of 0.90, showed a strong correlation between the developed equation and the experimental data. From this equation, it was possible to determine the participation of the following parameters in calculating toughness. The participation or weight of the fiber’s modulus of elasticity on the concrete’s tenacity is 26%, the volume of the fiber is 39%, the slenderness is 19%, and the reinforcement index is 16%.
How to citeDel Savio, A. A., La Torre Esquivel, D., De Andrade Silva, F. & Agreda Pastor, J. (2023). Influence of Synthetic Fibers on the Flexural Properties of Concrete: Prediction of Toughness as a Function of Volume, Slenderness Ratio and Elastic Modulus of Fibers. Polymers, 15(4). https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15040909
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