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Flexural Performance of a New Hybrid Basalt-polypropylene Fiber-reinforced Concrete Oriented to Concrete Pipelines

Version 1 : Received: 1 April 2021 / Approved: 2 April 2021 / Online: 2 April 2021 (14:06:48 CEST)

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Deng, Z.; Liu, X.; Liang, N.; de la Fuente, A.; Peng, H. Flexural Performance of a New Hybrid Basalt-Polypropylene Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Oriented to Concrete Pipelines. Fibers 2021, 9, 43. Deng, Z.; Liu, X.; Liang, N.; de la Fuente, A.; Peng, H. Flexural Performance of a New Hybrid Basalt-Polypropylene Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Oriented to Concrete Pipelines. Fibers 2021, 9, 43.

Journal reference: Fibers 2021, 9, 43
DOI: 10.3390/fib9070043

Abstract

The bending performance of a basalt-polypropylene fiber-reinforced concrete (HBPFRC) was characterized by testing 24 400×100×100 mm3 prismatic specimens in a four-point bending test JSCE-SF4 configuration. The type and content of both fibers was varied in order to guarantee different target levels of post-cracking flexural performance. The results evidenced that mono-micro basalt fiber reinforced concrete (BFRC) allows the increase of the flexural strength (pre-cracking stage), while macro polypropylene fiber reinforced concrete can effectively improve both bearing capacity and ductility of the composite for a wide crack width range. Compared with the plain concrete specimens, flexural toughness and equivalent flexural strength of macro polypropylene fiber-reinforced concrete (PPFRC) and the hybrid fiber-reinforced concrete (HFRC) increased by 3.7~7.1 times and 10%~42.5%, respectively. From both technical and economic points of view, the optimal mass ratio of basalt fiber to polypropylene fiber resulted to be 1:2, with a total content of 6 kg/m3. This HFRC is seen as a suitable material to be used in sewerage pipes where cracking control (crack formation and crack width control) is of paramount importance to guarantee the durability and functionality of the pipeline as well as the ductility of the system in case of local failures.

Keywords

basalt-polypropylene fiber-reinforced concrete; flexural performance; residual strength; optimal ratio

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