Effect of Processing on Mechanical Properties of Textile-Reinforced Concrete


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Title: Effect of Processing on Mechanical Properties of Textile-Reinforced Concrete

Author(s): A. Peled and B. Mobasher

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 250


Appears on pages(s): 85-98

Keywords: cement composites; fabrics; processing; pullout; tensile behavior; textile

Date: 3/1/2008

The objective of this study was to investigate use of pultrusion technique as a cost-effective method for the production of thin-sheet fabric-reinforced cement composites. Cement-based composites were developed with different fabric types using cast (hand layup) process and pultrusion (impregnated) methods. Knitted fabric made from low-modulus polypropylene (PP) fabric, woven fabric made from low-modulus polyethylene (PE), and bonded glass meshes were used. Tensile and pullout tests as well as SEM observations were used to examine the mechanical, bonding, and microstructure properties. It was observed that the processing method significantly affects the bond as well as the tensile performance of the composite. The best performance was achieved for the polypropylene pultruded composites.