Effect of Polyester Fiber on Workability Property of High Strength Concrete
The utilization of (HSC) high strength concrete in the construction industry is increasing all over the world because it reduces the cross-section of structural members and increases floor area. High strength concrete can be produced by using high cement content with low w/c ratio, mineral admixtures, and chemical admixture, and with suitable fiber. Nevertheless, in this research, HSC mix was achieved with the use of a special type BASF Master (M)/Polyheed 996 super-plasticizer based on polycarboxylic ether available in the market which reduced the w/c of concrete mixes, albeit attaining adequate workability. Compressive strength, up to 63 Mpa at 28 days, was achieved at slump value 178 mm by utilizing locally available materials like cement, sand, and coarse aggregates with a maximum 1.2% (by weight of cement) dosage of super-plasticizers. HSC has high workability, and to control the workability, different percentages of polyester fiber length 32 mm were also added to HSC. Polyester fiber controls the workability and improves the properties of HSC. There were four mixes designed with polyester fiber. The addition of polyester fiber content was 0.2%, 0.3%, 0.4%, and 0.5% (by weight of cement) in HSC, and the slump value were 153mm, 127mm, 102mm and 76mm respectively. It was observed that the usage of polyester fiber (0.2% to 0.5%) decreases workability by 14% to 57% of HSC. Therefore, it was concluded that increasing the percentage of fiber decreases the slump to the required value.
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