Investigation of Fiber-reinforced Concrete for Use in Transportation Structures

Report No: 97-R15

Published in 1997

About the report:

This report presents the results of a laboratory investigation to determine the properties of fiber-reinforced concretes (FRCs) with steel (hooked-end), polypropylene (monofilament and fibrillated), and the recently introduced polyolefin fibers (monofilament) for use in pavement and bridge deck overlay applications. Concrete properties in the unhardened and hardened states were evaluated and compared. Although the ultimate splitting tensile strength, compressive strength, and first crack strength were higher in most of the FRCs, when strength values were adjusted for changes in air content, only a few batches had higher strengths. The addition of fibers resulted in great improvements in flexural toughness and impact resistance. Parallel with this study, three FRC pavement overlays were applied in Virginia in 1995. The FRCs used in these projects were similar to those used in this laboratory investigation, with similar fiber volumes, types, and sizes. To implement the findings of the study successfully, the performance of these FRC pavement overlays is being monitored.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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Christopher Moen, Shannon Hladky

Last updated: December 16, 2023

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