Interfacial bond between reinforcing fibers and calcium sulfoaluminate cements: Fiber pullout characteristics

Robert B. Jewell, Kamyar C. Mahboub, Thomas L. Robl, Arne C. Bathke

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The results of an experimental investigation on the influence of the interfacial bond of reinforcing fibers embedded in a calcium sulfoaluminate matrix on the fiber-pullout peak load and energy consumption are presented. Bonding at the fiber-matrix interface plays an important role in controlling the mechanical performance of cementitious composites - in particular, composites formed from sulfate-based systems (calcium sulfoaluminate [CSA] cements), as opposed to the silicate systems found in portland cement. Various types of fibers were selected, including polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), polypropylene, and copper-coated steel. The fibers were embedded in three different matrixes: two sulfate-based cements including one commercially available CSA cement and a CSA fabricated from coal-combustion by-products. The third matrix was a silicate-based ordinary portland cement (OPC). In this study, the results of the single-fiber pullout test were coupled with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to examine the interfacial bond between the fiber and CSA matrix for evidence of debonding and possible hydration reaction products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalACI Materials Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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  • CSA cement
  • Fibers
  • Interfacial bond
  • Low-energy cement
  • Pullout test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science


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