Stress-Strain Properties of Fiber Reinforced Mortar in Compression


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Title: Stress-Strain Properties of Fiber Reinforced Mortar in Compression

Author(s): David A. Fanella and Antoine E. Naaman

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 82

Issue: 4

Appears on pages(s): 475-483

Keywords: composite materials; compressive strength; fiber reinforced con-cretes;glass fibers; metal fibers; mortars (material); polypropylene fibers;

Date: 7/1/1985

With the increasing use of fiber reinforced concrete as a structural material, more information on its mechanical properties is needed. This paper attempts to characterize the stress-strain properties of fiber reinforced concrete mortar in compression. A comprehensive experimental program was designed to show how the addition of steel, slass, monofilament polypropylene, and twisted polypropylene fibers in various volume fractions affected the compressive stress-strain curves of three mortar matrices. In general, the fibers confined the material and delayed the crack propagation, thus producing an in-crease in the peak strain and the postpeak ductility. An analytical relationship is proposed to predict the complete stress-strain curve of fiber reinforced mortar in compression. Analytical expressions relating the key parameters of the stress-strain curve and the toughness index of the composite with the fiber reinforcing parameters are derived. They can be used as a first approximation in design.