Crack Growth Resistance of Thin Mortar Layers with Hybrid Fiber Reinforcement


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Title: Crack Growth Resistance of Thin Mortar Layers with Hybrid Fiber Reinforcement

Author(s): Luca Sorelli, Nemkumar Banthia and Giovanni A. Plizzari

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 224


Appears on pages(s): 161-178


Date: 12/1/2004

Hybrid fiber reinforcement of cement composites is rapidly emerging as an innovative and promising way of improving mechanical performance and durability of cement-based materials. In the present paper, fracture behavior of medium, high and very high strength mortars reinforced with hybrid fibers was experimentally studied by using contoured double cantilever beam specimens. Different combinations of small steel fibers and fibrillated polypropylene micro-fibers are investigated. These composites are very suitable for thin sheet products such as roofing sheets, tiles, curtain walls, cladding panels, permanent forms, etc. Aim of the paper was to study the influence of matrix strength, fiber type and fiber combinations on the fracture toughness of the resulting fiber reinforced mortars. Results indicate that some combinations of fibers and matrix strengths exhibit a higher resistance to crack growth and evidence the contribution of polypropylene fibers to mortar toughness.