Tensile fracture of carbon whisker reinforced cement based composites

Barzin Mobasher, C. Y. Li

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Tensile properties of cementitious composites with carbon whiskers are studied. Significant increase in the ultimate tensile strength is observed, however due to the inability of the whiskers to bridge the macrocracks, the post peak toughening effects are limited. The fracture toughness may be increased by addition of Polypropylene (PP) fibers. Fiber pullout is the main reinforcing mechanism of the PP fibers and results in significant energy dissipation. Hybrid composites of both carbon and PP fibers are shown to have superior properties as compared to either reinforcement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Materials Engineering Conference
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, United States
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Oct 1994
EventProceedings of the 3rd Materials Engineering Conference - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Nov 13 1994Nov 16 1994


OtherProceedings of the 3rd Materials Engineering Conference
CitySan Diego, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction


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