Abdulkarim Mimoun, Sivakumar Kulasegaram
Abstract: Steel fibres increase inhomogeneity and alter rheological and hardened characteristics of self-compacting concrete. To investigate the rheological behaviour and hardened characteristics of self-compacting concrete (SCC) and selfcompacting steel fibre reinforced concrete (SCSFRC), a wide range of normal strength self-compacting concrete mixes containing steel fibres and coarse aggregates (of size 10 mm, 20 mm) with target cube compressive strengths between 30 to 70 MPa were prepared in the laboratory. The plastic viscosity of these concrete mixes were estimated to be in the range between 20–50 Pa s , and the slump flow time t500 of each mix was recorded to ensure that the flow and passing ability for workability of the mixes satisfy the recommended British and European standards. This work mainly focuses on the properties of fibre reinforced self-compacting concrete containing 0.5% and 1% (by volume fraction) steel fibres and the effect of coarse aggregates on their rheological behaviour and flow characteristics. The effect of steel fibre content on the strength of hardened concrete is also investigated. In addition, comparison of flow behaviour between SCC and SCSFRC is also presented.
Keywords: Steel fibre, Self-compacting steel fibre reinforced concrete, Mix design, Plastic-viscosity.
Date Published: July 12, 2022 DOI: 10.11159/ijci.2022.011View Article