Oussama Elalaoui



Recently, polymer concrete (PC) has been widely used in many civil engineering applications. PC shows superiority in major physical, mechanical, and fracture properties comparing to ordinary Portland cement concrete.

Despite many suitable characteristics of thermosetting resins related to processing, the thermal resistance of polymer concrete composite is relatively low. This study aims to investigate the effect of incorporating short fibers on mechanical and fracture properties of PC under different ranges of high temperatures.

Short carbon and polypropylene fibers were added randomly at a rate of 1 and 2% by the total weight of the PC composite. The exposure temperatures cycles were ranged between 23 to 250 °C. Various tests were conducted including flexure strength, elastic modulus, toughness, tensile crack opening, density, and porosity to evaluate the effect of addition of short fibers on fracture properties of PC.

The results show that the inclusion of short fiber lead to an increase in the load carrying capacity of PC by an average of 24% and limits the crack propagation. On the other hand, the enhancement of fracture properties of based PC containing short fibers is vanished at high temperature (250 °C), but still more efficient than ordinary cement concrete.

This work could lead to broader applications of polymer concrete exposed to high temperatures.



polymer concrete; short fibers; fracture properties; thermal resistance; porosity