Fiber reinforced cement-based composite system for concrete confinement

Francisco J. De Caso Y Basalo, Fabio Matta, Antonio Nanni

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This paper reports on a feasibility study to develop a reversible and potentially fire-resistant fiber reinforced cement-based matrix (FRC) composite system for concrete confinement applications. The first part of this study aimed at selecting a candidate FRC system from different fiber (including glass and basalt) and inorganic matrix combinations on the basis of: constructability, by verifying the workability and ease of installation on concrete cylinders; structural performance, by evaluating strength and deformability enhancement in confined concrete cylinders tested under uniaxial compression; and compatibility, by examining the quality of the concrete-FRC interface and the level of fiber impregnation using scanning electron microscope images. In the second part of this study, the selected FRC system was further assessed through compression tests of additional concrete cylinders confined using different FRC reinforcement ratios, where both axial and in-plane (radial) deformations were measured to assess confinement effectiveness. The feasibility of making the application reversible was investigated by introducing a bond breaker between the concrete substrate and the composite jacket in a series of confined cylinders. The prototype FRC system produced a substantial increase in strength and deformability with respect to unconfined cylinders. A superior deformability was attained without the use of a bond breaker. The predominant failure mode was loss of compatibility due to fiber-matrix separation, which points to the need of improving fiber impregnation to enable a more efficient use of the constituent materials. Semi-empirical linear and nonlinear models for compressive strength and deformation in FRC-confined concrete are also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-65
Number of pages11
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Basalt fibers
  • Cement-based matrix
  • Confinement
  • Fiber reinforced composite
  • Glass fibers
  • Inorganic matrix
  • Rehabilitation
  • Reversibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)


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