Effects of Specialty Cellulose Fibers on Improvement of Flexural Performance and Control of Cracking of Concrete ;;;
The mechanical properties of specialty cellulose fiber reinforced concrete and the contribution of specialty cellulose fiber to drying shrinkage crack reduction potential of concrete and theirs evaluation are presented in this paper. The effects of differing fiber volume fraction(0.03%, 0.06%, 0.08%, 0.1%, 0.15%, 0.2%) were studied. The results of tests of the specialty cellulose fiber reinforced concrete were compared with plain and polypropylene fiber reinforced concrete. Flexural performance(flexural strength and flexural toughness) test results indicated that specialty cellulose fiber reinforcement showed an ability to increase the flexural performance of normal- and high- strength concrete(as compared to plain and polypropylene fiber reinforced concrete). Optimum specialty cellulose fiber reinforced concrete were obtianed using 0.08% fiber volume fraction. Drying shrinkage cracking test results confirmed specialty cellulose fibers are effective in reducing the drying shrinkage cracking of normal and high-strength concrete(as compared to popylene fiber reinforced concrete).