Establishing Fresh Properties of Fiber Reinforced Concrete for Performance Engineered Mixture (PEM)

Principal Investigator(s):

Manik Barman, Associate Professor, UMD-Civil Engineering

Project summary:

The addition of macro or structural fibers into concrete enhances its post-cracking performance. The objective of this study was to conduct a laboratory investigation to determine the influence of structural fibers on the fresh concrete test parameters [Super Air Meter (SAM) number, Vibrating Kelly Ball (V-Kelly) index, and Box test rating] recommended for the performance engineered mixture (PEM) procedure. Researchers designed and prepared as many as 57 different concrete mixes, varying fiber types and dosages, aggregate types, and air contents of the concrete. The research team conducted various fresh and hardened concrete tests on each of the mixes, and the results were used to determine the influence of the structural fibers on the fresh and hardened concrete properties. The study recommended the allowable range of the SAM number and provided necessary guidance on the Box test rating and V-Kelly index for the fiber-reinforced concrete mixtures to be designed as per the PEM procedure.

Project details:

  • Project number: 2020007
  • Start date: 06/2019
  • Project status: Completed
  • Research area: Infrastructure
  • Topics: Concrete