Fracture response of alkali-activated slag mortars reinforced by carbon fibres
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The paper reports a study of the effect of carbon fibres on the mechanical fracture parameters of alkali-activated slag mortars. The carbon fibres were added in the amount of 1, 2 and 3%, respectively with respect to the mass of the slag. The mechanical fracture parameters were determined using evaluation of fracture tests carried out on 40 × 40 × 160 mm beam specimens with an initial central edge notch. The monitored parameters were compressive strength, modulus of elasticity, effective fracture toughness and specific fracture energy. The specimen response during fracture tests was also monitored by means of acoustic emission. It was shown that as the addition of carbon fibres increased the value of compressive strength and modulus of elasticity of alkali-activated slag dropped to 50% in case of the highest amount of fibres. The effective fracture toughness is not significantly influenced by addition of carbon fibres. On the other hand, the fracture energy value gradually increases with addition of carbon fibres, up to more than twofold increase in case of the highest amount of fibres.
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SourceIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering. 2018, vol. 379, issue 1, p. 1-6.