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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/62/S26.022

FIBRE ENGINEERED CEMENTITIOUS MATERIALS (FECM) OPTIMISATION BY THE USE OF HYBRID POLYPROPELENE FIBRES AND SUPPLEMENTARY POWDER ADDITION

C.Baera, H. Szilagyi, C. Mircea,A. Hegyi, D. Snoeck
Tuesday 12 September 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, www.sgem.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-13-3 / ISSN 1314-2704, 29 June - 5 July, 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 62, 169-176 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/62/S26.022

ABSTRACT

Development of Fibre Engineered Cementitious Materials with Self-Healing Capacity (SH-FECM) was an important goal of the recent research programmes conducted in NIRD “URBAN-INCERC” Cluj-Napoca Branch. Several theoretical and experimental studies were performed in order to improve the composites, considering both, fresh and hardened state properties and also the performance as filling material of the narrow spaces at the beam to column interface within the Hybrid spatial joint model [1]. Present studies are focused in optimising the already developed mixtures regarding several aspects: the self-compacting behaviour of the fresh composites, considering the increased risk of “balling” effect when using 2% (of volume) of polymeric fibres as disperse reinforcement of the cementitious matrix, bleeding control during and after the mixes sequences by using supplementary powder addition, evaluation of the mixes when using a combination of two distinct types of polypropylene fibres, and development of controlled multiple cracks under loading, etc. The present paper offers the first results regarding the performance of the cement based composites, namely the fresh state self-compacting effect and also the flexural and compressive strengths at 7 and 28 days of age. Initial conclusions when replacing the traditional silica sand as aggregate of initial mixes with regular sand (0/1 mm fraction) are also considered. The Self-Healing potential of the mixes will be evaluated further on, ensuring the complete range of characteristics related to durability improving, repair and maintenance cost reduction and superior structural performance, in the context of the expected features of the sustainable development.

Keywords: microcracks, fibre engineered cementitious materials (FECM), crack control, self-healing capacity; durability.