The Effect of the Type and Amount of Synthetic Fibers on the Effectiveness of Dispersed Reinforcement in Soil-Cements

Krystian Brasse, Tomasz Tracz, Tomasz Zdeb
2020 Materials  
The paper deals with mechanical properties of soil-cement composites made with non-cohesive soil and reinforced with dispersed fibers. The research was carried out on the basis of three soil-cement matrices whose compositions varied in terms of the volumetric fraction of cement paste and the water-cement ratio. Two types of polypropylene fibers were used as dispersed reinforcement: single fibrillated-tapes polypropylene fibers (SFPF) and bundles of coiled fibrillated-tapes polypropylene fibers
more » ... BCFPF). The fibers varied in terms of their length and mass fraction. The objective of the study was to assess the effect of the addition of fibers to soil-cement composites on their flexural tensile strength and on their behavior in the post-critical state. The studies were carried out after 28 days of curing. Bending tests were carried out to determine post-critical stress values σCMODi, stress values at which the matrix is destroyed (limit of proportionality) σLOP, maximum stress values transferred by the fibers σMOR (modulus of rupture), and total fracture energy Gf,tot as well as compressive strength. The test results obtained, and their analysis, indicate the significant impact of the dispersed reinforcement used on the performance of such composites during bending.
doi:10.3390/ma13183917 pmid:32899854 fatcat:wy2zcuw6grcormask4fpiv62ta