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Experimental, statistical and simulation analysis on impact of micro steel – Fibres in reinforced SCC containing admixtures
V. Athiyamaan,
Published in Elsevier Ltd
Volume: 246
Self-compacting concrete is one of the special concretes that flow in its own weight, which is used in the densely reinforced concrete structures. This concrete requires higher binder content. Higher cement content leads to uneconomical design, higher heat of hydration, higher shrinkage, etc. These factors can be counteracted by addition of mineral admixtures. Hence, Fly ash (30%) and micro silica fume (10%) are mineral admixtures replaced with cement. Concrete is having a poor flexural properties; this can be enhanced by using fibrous materials. Addition of steel fibres improves the strain softening property of composite system. Hence hooked ended micro steel fibres are used in this study. In order, to study the fresh and mechanical properties of SCC, totally eight mix (M1 to M8) designs are developed using Nan Su proposed method of mix design, with varying steel fibres (0.0%, 0.25%, 0.50% and 0.75%) and varying binder content. To evaluate the impact of steel fibres in reinforced concrete; four mixes (C-1 to C-4) of prism dimension 0.1 m × 0.15 m × 1 m were cast with optimized steel fibres and mineral admixtures content and tested using standard UTM. The key properties such as deflection, strain softening and effect of orienting the steel fibres along the direction of flow of concrete were studied. Later the experimental work was virtually modeled and analyzed using ABAQUS. In rheological study, the mix containing mineral admixtures showed better fresh concrete properties. Addition of fibres reduced the flowing ability of SCC. There is no significant change in compression strength due to addition of steel fibres. Flexural strength increased by 63% by addition of 0.75% of steel fibres. The SEM analysis helped to study the hydration process and morphological behaviors in concrete structures. The statistical analysis were carried out and regression equations have been developed for the better understanding in the field of micro steel fibre-reinforced self-compacting concrete containing admixtures. Stress-Strain behavior of mix C3 and C4 is more linear compared to C1 and C2, due to presence of micro steel fibres, which is arrested the development of micro-cracks. C4 shows better strength compared to C3, showing steel fibres are aligned align the direction of flow of concrete in between the reinforced structures. The analyzed theoretical model, developed used ABAQUS showed similar displacement results. © 2020
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