Aamir Mahmood, Muhammad Tayyab Noman, Miroslava Pechočiaková, Nesrine Amor , Michal Petrů, Mohamed Abdelkader, 5OrcID,Jiří Militký , Sebnem Sozcu and Syed Zameer Ul Hassan
This paper discusses the influence of fiber reinforcement on the properties of geopolymer concrete composites, based on fly ash, ground granulated blast furnace slag and metakaolin.
Traditional concrete composites are brittle in nature due to low tensile strength. The inclusion of fibrous material alters brittle behavior of concrete along with a significant improvement in mechanical properties i.e., toughness, strain and flexural strength. Ordinary Portland cement (OPC) is mainly used as a binding agent in concrete composites.
However, current environmental awareness promotes the use of alternative binders i.e., geopolymers, to replace OPC because in OPC production, significant quantity of CO2 is released that creates environmental pollution. Geopolymer concrete composites have been characterized using a wide range of analytical tools including scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and elemental detection X-ray spectroscopy (EDX).
Insight into the physicochemical behavior of geopolymers, their constituents and reinforcement with natural polymeric fibers for the making of concrete composites has been gained.Focus has been given to the use of sisal, jute, basalt and glass fibers.
jute; basalt; glass; geopolymers; composites; concrete