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Fiber reinforcement for enhanced service-life of reinforced concrete structures



Title: Fiber reinforcement for enhanced service-life of reinforced concrete structures
Author(s): N. Banthia
Paper category : conference
Book title: International Conference on Microstructure Related Durability of Cementitious Composites
Editor(s): W. Sun, K. van Breugel, C. Miao, G. Ye and H. Chen
Print-ISBN: 978-2-35158-065-3
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-084-4
Publisher: RILEM Publications
Publication year: 2008
Pages: 345 - 354
Total Pages: 10
Nb references: 15
Language: English


Abstract: Civil infrastructure around the world is in a state of utter disrepair and significant efforts are needed on the part of all stakeholders to render our failing infrastructure back to a serviceable and safe state. The root of the problem is at the apparent lack of durability in our construction materials, inability on part of the owners to provide timely maintenance, absence of advanced condition assessment tools and lack of long-lasting, cost effective repair materials and technologies. This paper will present data to support the argument that fiber reinforced concrete (FRC) is an ideal material for achieving these goals. The paper introduces a new class of bio-inspired FRCs carrying natural cellulose fibers that are recyclable, biodegradable and highly sustainable. The paper also discusses fiber reinforced concrete materials carrying carbon fibers and carbon nano-tubes that possess sensing abilities. These smart materials can help us develop intelligent infrastructure with elegantly integrated sensing and health monitoring abilities.


Online publication: 2009-06-09
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00