Concrete and Earthquake Engineering Research Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Mechanical properties of SFRC using blended manufactured and recycled tyre steel fibres


This paper investigates the mechanical properties of 10 steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) mixes at fibre dosages of 30, 35 and 45 kg/m3. Manufactured Steel Fibres (MSF) are used on their own, or blended with sorted steel fibres recycled from end-of-life tyres (RTSF). To characterise the flexural behaviour of the mixes, two flexural test methods, BS EN 14651:2005 3-point notched prism tests and ASTM C1550-05 centrally loaded round panel tests are employed. A strong correlation is found in the flexural behaviour of the SFRC prism and round panel specimens, with corresponding conversion equations proposed.
The mechanical properties of hybrid mixes using RTSF vary depending on dosages, but are comparable with those of MSF-only mixes at the same fibre dosage. A positive synergetic effect is derived from hybrid mixes containing 10 kg/m3 of RTSF.

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