Properties of fibre reinforced concrete using recycled fibres from carpet industrial waste
A study was carried out to evaluate the use of recycled fibres from carpet industrial waste for reinforcement of concrete at 1 and 2 vol% fractions. Compressive, flexural, splitting tensile and shrinkage tests were performed. Significant increases in shatter resistance, energy absorption and ductility were observed. This paper reports on the experimental programme and compares the effectiveness of such recycled fibres with that of virgin polypropylene fibres specially made for fibre reinforced concrete (FRC). The paper also discusses the benefits of using such FRC for construction applications and possible ways to further enhance the performance of such FRC.