Mix Optimisation and Bending Behaviour of Cement Composites Reinforced with 3D Textiles and Microfibres

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In Textile Reinforced Cementitious (TRC) composites, cementitious
elements are reinforced with fibre textiles instead of corrosion-prone steel reinforcement.
This allows for a considerable reduction of the cross-section of the
cementitious elements, and so of the required amount of cement. One of the drawbacks
of brittle materials, however, is the occurrence of wide cracks, requiring
proper repair. In the presented research, 3D textiles are used as reinforcement in
combinationwith microfibres to design a smart material with self-healing features.
The use of 3D textiles has demonstrated a superior flexural behaviour in comparison
to 2D textiles, while the short microfibres are known to limit the width of the
cracks in the cementitious matrix. These narrow cracks can be healed through the
autogenous healing characteristic of the cementitious material.
In this research, the synergetic interaction between the 3D textiles, microfibres
and cementitious matrix is investigated for the first time. First, the optimal
material composition of 3D TRC composites with integrated polypropylene (PP)
microfibres of 6 mm (PP6) and 8 mm (PP8) length was explored. This resulted
in an optimal fibre content of 0.7 v% for both fibre lengths, allowing sufficient
fibre penetration through the 3D textile meshes. Then, the loadbearing behaviour
and crack formation of these material compositions were studied by four-point
bending tests, monitored with Digital Image Correlation (DIC). The 3D TRC +
PP6 samples demonstrated superior flexural properties, and showed slightly more
and narrower cracks.
Originele taal-2English
TitelStrain Hardening Cementitious Composites
HoofdstukNew Materials and Process Technology
Aantal pagina's332
ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-031-15805-6
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-031-15804-9
StatusPublished - 2023

Publicatie series

NaamRILEM Bookseries
ISSN van geprinte versie2211-0844
ISSN van elektronische versie2211-0852


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