Mechanical properties of polymer concrete made with jute fabric and waste marble powder at various woven orientations

  • M. Rokbi
  • B. Baali
  • Z. E. A. RahmouniEmail author
  • H. Latelli
Original Paper


The use of polymer concrete has been extensively developed over the last few years, and a growing attention is being paid to search for ways to strengthen their innovation processes. The object of this work is the valorization of natural resources, such as vegetable fibers and mineral wastes, to reduce the environmental impact and improve the mechanical properties of polymer concrete. More specifically, this investigation focused on the influences of woven fabric orientation on mechanical properties of polymer concrete laminates.


Polymer concrete Mechanical properties Vegetable fibers Mineral wastes 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the support from Maghreb Pipe Industry. Special thanks are for Dear Kheir Baali, President of Maghreb Pipe Industry, for his valuable support and help.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of TechnologyUniversity of M’silaM’silaAlgeria
  2. 2.URMPE/MESOnex Team, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of BoumerdèsBoumerdèsAlgeria
  3. 3.LDGM, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of TechnologyUniversity of M’silaM’silaAlgeria

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