Evaluation of carbon fiber reinforced cementitious matrix as a recyclable strengthening material

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  • External authors:
  • Wan-qian Li
  • Ji-hua Zhu
  • Pi-yu Chen
  • Feng Xing
  • Dawang Li


The use of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP)-epoxy resin is a common retrofitting technique usually employed by engineers. In the research presented in this paper, a new cement-based material was developed introducing chopped carbon fiber. The carbon-fiber-reinforced cementitious matrix (C-FRCM) containing a cement-based matrix and embedded carbon-fiber mesh is an alternative solution to FRP-epoxy resin, addressing cost, durability, and reversibility issues. The flexural performance of carbon-fiber-reinforced cementitious matrix plates with chopped carbon fibers was explored in this study. A series of three-point bending tests were conducted to investigate the effects of chopped carbon fiber content. The measured mechanical properties of the proposed C-FRCM mix were compared with those made of commercial formulations. The flexural strengths and failure modes of the carbon-fiber-reinforced cementitious matrix plates were obtained and recorded during tests, and then the interlaminar shear strengths were calculated. Upon the completion of three-point bending tests, scanning electron microscopy was used to observe the microscopic appearance of tested specimens. The optimum content of chopped carbon fibers in the cement-based materials was determined based on the structural behavior and microstructural analysis. The results also show that the carbon fiber mesh is effective in strengthening the carbon-fiber-reinforced cementitious matrix.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-243
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Early online date24 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2019