Effect of Straw Fiber Reinforcement on the Mechanical Properties of Adobe Bricks

Rogiros Illampas, Vasilios G. Loizou, Ioannis Ioannou

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The paper describes an experimental study investigating the effect of natural fibres on the mechanical properties of adobe bricks. Six laboratory-designed and produced adobe mixtures, containing different amounts of straw fibre, were examined in this study. The samples prepared were subjected to direct tension, bending and compression tests. The results show that the addition of fibres does not affect the mode of failure sustained under the loading conditions imposed. Mixtures with high fibre content tend to develop lower mechanical strength. However, straw fibres can increase deformability under compression and flexure, precluding sudden failure when the load-bearing capacity of the material is exceeded. The effect of fibre reinforcement on post-cracking tensile response was found to be rather limited, since all specimens tested exhibited brittle behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPoromechanics 2017 - Proceedings of the 6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780784480779
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, Poromechanics 2017 - Paris, France
Duration: 9 Jul 201713 Jul 2017


Other6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, Poromechanics 2017


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