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Title: Impact Properties of Hemp Fibre Reinforced Cementitious Composites
Authors: Zhou, X
Madanipour, R
Ghaffar, S
Keywords: Absorbed impact energy;Drop weight impact test;Hemp fibre;Impact resistance;Rate of energy;Absorption per impact
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Key Engineering Materials,711(8): pp. 163 - 170, (2016)
Abstract: The construction industry has seen an incredibly fast increase in utilizing natural fibres for making low-cost building materials to achieve sustainable construction. One of such applications is natural fibre-reinforced cementitious materials for either structural or non-structural purpose. Impact properties are engineering properties received increasing attentions from engineering community for structural materials. This research therefore studies impact resistance of hemp fibre reinforced cementitious composites at early ages. Hemp fibre with various lengths, 10 mm and 20 mm, are utilized to reinforce cementitious materials. Hemp fibre reinforced cementitious composite slabs were tested under repeating dropping mass till failure at the age of 7, 14 and 28 days. Cracking behaviour, impact resistance, absorbed impact energy and survived impact blows upon failure are qualitatively/quantitatively analysed. It has been found that 20 mm-long hemp fibre reinforcement leads to higher impact resistance, more absorbed impact energy and survived more impact blows upon failure. Cementitious composite slabs reinforced by 20 mm-long hemp fibres exhibit higher impact crack resistance ratio than those reinforced by 10 mm-long fibres. Longer fibres are more effective in inhibiting the growth of micro-cracks and blunting the propagation of micro-cracks before they join up to form macro cracks leading to ultimate failure.
Appears in Collections:Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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