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An Experimental Study on Mesh-and-Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Composites

Sakthivel P.B., A. Ravichandran, N. Alagumurthi

Abstract


Development of new composite materials which reduces the large consumption of natural resources is an approach towards sustainability. This study is an attempt to explore the possibility of adding polyolefin fibers (PL-F) in steel mesh reinforced cementitious composites (SMRCC) and conduct low velocity impact tests. For this purpose, test specimens of slab size 250 X 250 X 25 mm (thickness) were cast with steel mesh (3 to 5 layers) and polyolefin fibers (0.5-2.5% of  volume of specimens with 0.5% interval) and compared with control specimens (cast with steel mesh of 3 to 5 layers). Statistical t-tests were employed to find out the paired difference in impact energy absorption capacity between initial impact energy absorption (IIEA) and ultimate impact energy absorption (UIEA). Also, through statistical analysis, it was found that when steel mesh layers were varied keeping fiber percentage constant, and vice-versa, there were significant differences in the energy absorption capacity of cementitious slabs.

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