Fiber reinforced concrete in support of sustainable infrastructure systems

Author(s): B. Mobasher
Paper category: Conference
Book title: 8th RILEM International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Concrete: challenges and opportunities (BEFIB 2012)
Editor(s): Joaquim A.O. Barros
Print ISBN: 978-2-35158-132-2
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-133-9
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Pages: 1 - 21
Total Pages: 21
Language: English

Sustainability is the main driver for development of new materials and design methods and some of its tools such as life cycle cost modeling are routinely used to evaluate the merits of new construction system. As the cost of raw materials, labor, and energy change, many new alternatives become cost effective. It is therefore imperative that new guidelines and alternatives for concrete materials be developed such that materials with higher strength, ductility, and stiffness are considered fairly during the preliminary stages of design of a project. By addressing a combination of alternative ingredients, production technology, and life cycle costs of structural systems, we must focus on improving on the traditional approaches in the design and construction of concrete structures. Our traditional design methodologies ignore tensile capacity of concrete altogether, treat the cracking and associated durability problems as an afterthought, and are inherently inefficient, wasteful, and therefore expensive. By using innovative fiber reinforced concrete (FRC) materials designed using fundamental aspects of mechanics of composites, and materials science of durability; we hope to design efficient structural systems.

Online publication: 2013
Publication Type: full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00

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