Advances on Properties of Fiber Reinforced Recycled Aggregate Concrete: Experiments and Models


Recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) has recently been a good alternative to natural aggregate concrete (NAC) because of the increased focus on sustainability in the construction industry. However, RAC has a great number of defects in comparison to NAC, such as lower strength and higher water absorption. In order to solve these disadvantages, many researchers incorporated fibers into RAC. A body of literature on the fiber-reinforced RAC (FRRAC) is currently available, but a systematic review is lacking. Therefore, this article aims to review the influence of fiber addition on fresh properties, mechanical strength, and durability of RAC. In addition, the mechanical performance evaluation models of FRRAC have been summarized. Results indicated that fiber addition has adverse influence on workability, but can improve the mechanical properties and durability of RAC through the crack-bridging effect. Furthermore, compared with other fibers, steel fiber has a better role in enhancing the mechanical properties of RAC, but basalt fiber has better sustainability. Additionally, an outlook on the fiber reinforced RAC was presented, and we expected that this work may inform further investigation of the use of fibers to enhance the properties of RAC.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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INSPIRE - University Transportation Center

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Empirical model; Fiber reinforcement; Properties improvement; Recycled aggregate concrete

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Publication Date

29 Mar 2021