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Engineering properties of ring shaped polytheylene terephthalate (RPET) fiber self-compacting concrete

Sheikh Khalid, Faisal (2015) Engineering properties of ring shaped polytheylene terephthalate (RPET) fiber self-compacting concrete. PhD thesis, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.


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Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles are plastic containers that are typically discarded, and thus, cause environmental pollution. To solve this problem, PET bottles are recycled in concrete. Previous studies have mostly used PET with straight or irregularly shaped fibers. It has been shown that PET has a weak interfacial bond with cement paste in the pullout load because of the lamellar shape of fibers. Therefore, ringshaped PET (RPET) fibers are introduced in this study to overcome the limitations of traditional straight, lamellar, or irregularly shaped fibers. RPET fibers are mainly designed with a special shape to mobilize fiber yielding rather than fiber pullout. RPET fibers are made directly from waste bottles. The diameter of RPET bottles is fixed at 60 ± 5 mm. The width of RPET fibers is fixed at 5, 7.5, or 10 mm and designated as RPET-5, RPET-7.5, and RPET-10 respectively. This study mainly determines the optimum water– binder ratio and fiber content of RPET fiber concrete (FC) through self-compacting, as well as through compressive, tensile, and toughness strength tests. A water–binder ratio of 0.55 and working ranges from 0.25% to 1% of fiber content are successfully accepted for all sizes of RPET fibers. Result of the pullout test shows that RPET fiber interfacial bond strength ranges from 0.502 MPa to 0.519 MPa for RPET-5 fiber, from 0.507 MPa to 0.529 MPa for RPET-7.5 fiber, and from 0.516 MPa to 0.540 MPa for RPET-10 fiber. This study presented that the compressive and tensile strength of RPET fiber exhibited an increase of 17.3% and 35.7%, respectively compared to normal concrete. RPET FC shows improvement in first crack load for flexural toughness strength of RPET FC with increase of 24.5% compared to normal concrete specimen. Moreover, 156 FC cylinders were used to develop new equations for predicting the compressive and tensile strengths of RPET FC via multiple regression analysis. Two equations are obtained. These equations are included in calculating compressive and tensile strength of RPET FC limited up to 28 days In conclusion, incorporating RPET fibers when recycling waste PET bottles in concrete produces FC with An improvement performance comparable to that of normal concrete.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA401-492 Materials of engineering and construction. Mechanics of materials
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2015 07:19
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2015 07:19
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/7032
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