Effect of fibers content on the tensile properties of coconut fibers reinforced cement mortar composites

Riana H. Lumingkewas, Gilles Ausias, Thibaut Lecompte, Arnaud Perrot, Irwan Katili, Heru Purnomo, Sigit Pranowo Hadiwardoyo

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Abstract

The coconut fiber presents higher ductile properties than other natural fibers. In previous studies, it demonstrated than Indonesian coconut fibers presents an improved tensile strength and failure strain after washed with water and dried. The coconut fibers have the potential to reinforce material for construction, especially in earthquake areas such as tropical countries. The purpose of this research is to assess the benefit brought by coconut fibers content on the tensile behavior of mortar composite. Splitting tensile strengths were measured and microstructure observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The influence of fiber content (expressed by a mass ratio fiber/cement) is investigated. The results show that a fiber content of 5% allows a 10 times higher deflection and presents a 1.5 times higher tensile strength than mortar without fiber. Further studies will focus on the bond strength between the fiber and the cement mortar matrix.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCivil, Materials and Environmental Sciences
Pages92-97
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2013
Event2013 International Conference on Civil, Materials and Environmental Sciences, CMES 2013 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 17 Apr 201318 Apr 2013

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
Volume742
ISSN (Print)1022-6680

Conference

Conference2013 International Conference on Civil, Materials and Environmental Sciences, CMES 2013
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVancouver
Period17/04/1318/04/13

Keywords

  • Coconut fibers
  • Composites
  • Microstructure
  • Tensile strength

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