Evaluation of Mechanical Properties of Concrete Reinforced with Eucalyptus globulus Bark Fibres

Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 10026.

DOI: 10.3390/su122310026


Concrete is a material with high compressive strength, but predisposed to shrinkage cracking, rapid cracks propagation, and brittle failures. The incorporation of fibre is an acceptable solution to reduce these limitations. However, high cost and energy consumption related to man-made fibres have placed natural fibres as an attractive sustainable alternative, especially considering that different natural fibres are industrial waste (as the Eucalyptus globulus bark fibre). Still, natural fibres can produce an important reduction of concrete strength. Hence, the objective of this study is to evaluate the effects of Eucalyptus globulus bark fibre in traditional concrete mechanical properties as compressive and flexural strength. For this, an experimental program was developed in such a way that reduces the results uncertainties and increases the power of decision regarding the percentage and fibre conditions of the samples. The results indicate that, unlike other natural fibres, the traditional mechanical properties have a slight reduction and acceptable workability. This fact is more evident in the samples with 0.50% fibre with respect to the weight of cement. Therefore, reinforcing mortars and concrete with Eucalyptus globulus bark fibres emerges as an eco-friendly building alternative to reuse this industrial waste

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