In this study, an attempt has been made to analyze the mechanical characteristics of the waste steel scrap material which is available from the lathe is used as a steel fibre for pavement construction and to optimize the fiber content. The characteristics compressive strength and flexural strength of M30, M35, and M40 cement concrete for various proportions of steel scraps are experimentally found out. The steel scrap is added in various proportions by weight of the cement.
Fiber reinforcement is highly recommended for situations involving impact and fatigue loading. In this study, the drop weight impact test was used to study the impact strength of Scrap Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete (SSFRC). Abrasion resistance, an important criterion for the pavement material was also tested. The impact and abrasion resistance of SSFRC has been tested for optimized fibre content of M30, M35, and M40 concrete. The experimental results show that the mechanical properties such as compressive strength, flexural strength, impact strength and abrasive resistance of concrete are found to be increased due to the addition of steel scrap fibre in the concrete. This paper focuses attention on the structural strength enhancement of rigid pavements by using the locally available Scrap Steel Fibre Reinforcement and it is compared with the Plain Cement Concrete (PCC) specimens.
IntroductionThe inclusion of fiber in concrete, mortar and cement paste can enhance many of the engineering properties of the matrix, such as fracture toughness, flexural strength and resistance to fatigue, impact, thermal shock and spalling. The modern use of fibre reinforced concrete started in 1960s using straight, smooth and discontinuous steel fibres.Applications for SFRC are used in floors, pavements and other plane structures where fibres act as crack distributing reinforcement. The fibres may act as shear reinforcement and also improve the capacity of the bars due to increased crack distribution.
Fibre Reinforced Concrete PavementsAs per IRC:SP:46–1997 steel fibres are generally 30–50 mm long, 0.5–1.0 mm in diameter and 50 to 100 mm aspect ratio. According to Gopalaratnam (1991) for a given type of fibre, ahigher volume fraction provides more energy absorption capacity or toughness as long as the fibres can properly be mixed and the composite can be cast and compacted properly. This result should be expected because more fibres provide more resistance, especially in the tension zone. For the given fibre geometry, longer fibres typically provide greater toughness. Balasubramanian et al. (1996) have investigated the impact resistance of the specimens with 0.5%, 1.0%, 1.5%, and 2.0% for each of the three types of steelfibres (viz. straight, crimped andtrough shaped) using Schrader’s test Device. Addition of 0.5% of steel fibres resulted in 3.5 times increase in the number of blowsrequired for failure. Further increase in fibre percentage increases the impact resistance of composites. Crimped fibres give consistently higher impact resistance.
N.Banthia(2002) examines the two major issues related to impact loading on plain and fiber reinforced concrete. It was found that the machine parameters strongly influence the observed material response to impact. Results appear to be far less sensitive to the mass of the hammer than to the hammer drop height. Crimped polypropylene fiber is less effective than steel fiber at quasi state of loading but at higher stress rates, it performs better than steel fibre. Ravishankar (2006) investigated the mix design aspects of steel fibre reinforced concrete and concluded that there is an increase of 42% in modulus of rupture due to addition of fibres in plain concrete. K.Shankar  investigated that the addition of scrap steel fibre beyond 1.5% decreases the flexural strength of the FRC.
ObjectivesThe main objectives of this study are:
- To investigate the use of steel scraps as a Steel Fibre Reinforcement in FRC
- To study the mechanical characteristics of the SSFRC
- To optimize the fibre proportions
- To check the toughness resistance of the SSFRC
- To check the abrasive resistance of the SSFRC
- To find out the cost effective cross section of the pavement.
Physical Properties of Materials Used
The physical properties of the material used to prepare the fibre reinforced concrete mix are tabulated in Table 1.
Mix DesignFor this investigation, the mix design for M30, M35 and M40 concrete are designed by American
Concrete Institute Method of Mix Design (ACI) and the mix proportions used for the investigation is given in Table 2.
SpecimenThe compression and flexural strength of the cube and beam specimens are tested respectively.
From the experiment results optimum dosage of steel scraps used to get the maximum compressive as well as flexural strength is found out. The impact strength specimens and abrasion test specimens are prepared for control concrete and SSFRC with optimum dosage of steel fibres.
Behavior in Compression and FlexureExtensive research had indicated that there was no appreciable change in the linear part of the stress-strain curve in compression when randomly oriented fibres are added to concrete in different volumes. The variation in compressive strength and flexural strength of SSFRC compared to control concrete with respect to the fibre content is shown in the Table 3 and Figures.1. a
Flexural Test by Third- Point LoadingThe specimens (500 mm x 100 mm x 100 mm) are loaded and tested in accordance with the ASTM Test Method C 78. It is evident from Table 3 and Figure 1.e that the rate of gain of flexural strength of SSFRC is 68% more than the control concrete. It is concluded that the addition of 1.5% of steel scrap fibre dosage will give maximum compressive as well as flexural strength. Also the flexural strength of the SSFRC is calculated theoretically using the compressive strength relation of SSFRC and it is shown in the Figures 2.a to 2.c. From the Figures 2.a to 2. c it is seen that the flexural strength obtained experimentally is more than the flexural strength calculated theoretically. The failure of the specimens under compression and flexure is shown in Figure. 3.
Impact and Abrasion Resistance of SSFRC
ACI Drop Weight Impact Test
Abrasion Resistance Test
From Table 4 & 5, it is observed M35 SSFRC requires more number of drops for failure compared to other two grades of SSFRC. Comparing the Figure 5 and Figure 6 the crack formation and crack width are also minimum in SSFRC specimens compared to the plain concrete specimens. In the abrasion resistance test M40 SSFRC shows less loss in weight compared to other two grades of SSFRC and plain cement concrete.
Pavement Design and AnalysisPavement slab is designed as per IRC 58:2002. The flexural strength is directly taken from the beam flexural test. The design details are tabulated in Table 6. The Axle load spectrum is taken from IRC: 58 -2002 and other data used in this design is given below:
- Elastic modulus of concrete = 3 x 10-5 N/mm2
- Tyre pressure = 8 kg/cm²
- Spacing of contraction joints = 4.5m
- Design life = 20 years
- Poisson’ ratio = 0.15
- Rate of traffic increase = 0.075
- Present traffic =1000 cvpd
- Elastic Modulus of Sub grade
- Reaction of the DLC sub-base = 8 kg/cm³
- Coefficient of thermal Expansion of concrete = 10x 10-6 /ºC
The mechanical properties of the concrete are increased by increasing the proportion of the steel scrap up to 1.5%. From 1.5% to 2.0%, it shows slight decrease in mechanical strength. At 2.0% of steel proportion, there is considerable reduction in the mechanical strength of SSFRC. It the pavement thickness is decreased by 41% and which is economical when compared to plain cement concrete slab.
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- ‘Method of Test for Determining Pavement and Structures’, Department of Transportation,Engineering Service Centre, Sacramento, California 95819– 4612 (Feb.2000).
- IRC-58:2002, ‘Guidelines for the Design of Rigid Pavements.’ Figure 5: Control Concrete specimens failed under Impact Figure 6: SSFRC specimen failed under impact