Experimental analysis of fiber-reinforced recycled aggregate self-compacting concrete using waste recycled concrete aggregates, polypropylene, and steel fibers
International Federation for Structural Concrete
School of Engineering
Self-compacting concrete (SCC) is a cementitious composite which serves complex formworks without mechanical vibrations with superior deformability and high resistance to segregation. Besides, the recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) is also developing rapidly and along with the ever-increasing sustainable demand for infrastructure. The combination of the fibers, RAC, and SCC may create advantages for the construction industry. In this study, the polypropylene (PP) fiber at 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, and 0.25% volume fractions and steel fibers at 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, and 1% volume fractions are introduced into fiber-reinforced recycled aggregate self-compacting concrete (FR-RASCC). Both fresh property and hardened mechanical performance, comprising compressive and tensile strengths and modulus of elasticity are analyzed. The fibers validate the optimal 0.1% volume fraction for PP fiber and 0.75% volume fraction for steel fiber. In addition, the results are proved to enhance the mechanical properties and reduce cracking despite the negative impact on the fresh property. Moreover, the experimental outcomes are compared with previous researches to establish the linear model, demonstrating the relationship between fiber fraction and the mechanical properties.