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It has long been recognized that the principal benefit gained by using fiber reinforcement in portland cement concrete is a conversion of the material from brittle to relatively ductile behavior. The apparent ductility, or toughness, is primarily related to the improved tensile strength of fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) especially and even after significant matrix cracking has occurred. However, the methods used to measure tensile strength and toughness of FRC have been, at best, elaborate and controversial.
A practical and much needed testing methodology for fiber-reinforced concrete has been developed and adopted as an ASTM standard. It was conceived from the need to have a test that is relatively simple and inexpensive to conduct and is yet capable of assessing the tensile strength of cracked FRC. The test method, ASTM C 1399, and an interlaboratory testing program conducted to help formulate a precision statement for the new methodology is discussed.
President, Engineering Analytics, Inc., Miami, FL
Professor, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Director, Technology and Engineering, Nycon, Inc., Mercer, PA
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