Tensile fatigue response of sisal fiber reinforced cement composites

Flávio De Andrade Silva, Barzin Mobasher, Romildo D. Toledo Filho

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Abstract

Tensile fatigue behavior of composite materials are of significant interest since in structural applications they are often subjected to cyclic loading. However, very few results for fiber reinforced concrete under cyclic load have been reported. In the present research sustainable cement composites were produced by partially replacing 50% of Portland cement with calcined clays and using natural sisal fibers as reinforcement. These composites presented ultimate monotonic tensile stress of 12 MPa and strain at failure of up to 1.5%. Tension-tension fatigue tests were performed with maximum stress levels ranging from 4 to 9.6 MPa at a frequency of 2 Hz. These tests were carried out up to 106 cycles or until the composite failure, whichever occurred first. It was found that up to 6 MPa the composites were able to survive 106 cycles. Composites that survived 106 cycles were re-tested under monotonic load to establish its residual strength. Optical fluorescent microscopy was used to observe the cracking mechanisms after fatigue tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBrittle Matrix Composites 9, BMC 2009
PublisherWoodhead Publishing Limited
Pages81-90
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781845697754
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event9th International Symposium on Brittle Matrix Composites, BMC 2009 - Warsaw, Poland
Duration: Oct 25 2009Oct 28 2009

Publication series

NameBrittle Matrix Composites 9, BMC 2009

Other

Other9th International Symposium on Brittle Matrix Composites, BMC 2009
CountryPoland
CityWarsaw
Period10/25/0910/28/09

Keywords

  • Cementitious composites
  • Fatigue
  • Sisal fiber

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites

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