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1 DEFINITIONS (C. ALDEA) ........................................................................................................ 8

1.1 Definitions .................................................................................................................................. 8

1.1.1 Textile materials .................................................................................................................. 8

1.1.2 Matrix .................................................................................................................................. 9

2 INTRODUCTION (W. BRAMESHUBER) .............................................................................. 10

3 TEXTILES (T. GRIES) .............................................................................................................. 11

3.1 Textile fibers ............................................................................................................................ 11

3.1.1 Suitable materials .............................................................................................................. 11

3.1.2 Make-up of yarns............................................................................................................... 12

3.1.3 AR-glass filament yarns .................................................................................................... 13

3.1.4 Carbon filament yarns ....................................................................................................... 14

3.1.5 Aramid filament yarns....................................................................................................... 15

3.1.6 Combined yarns................................................................................................................. 16

3.2 Fabrication of textile reinforcement ...................................................................................... 16

3.2.1 Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 16

3.2.2 Scrims................................................................................................................................ 17 Plane scrims................................................................................................................... 17 Circular scrims .............................................................................................................. 18

3.2.3 Warp knits ......................................................................................................................... 18 Plane warp knits ............................................................................................................ 18 Three-dimensional spacer warp knits ............................................................................ 18 Circular warp knits ........................................................................................................ 19

3.2.4 Woven fabrics.................................................................................................................... 20

3.2.5 Structural stabilization....................................................................................................... 21

3.2.6 Tensile strength ................................................................................................................. 21

3.2.7 Test methods for the determination of the structural stability........................................... 23

3.2.8 Fiber fineness and volume................................................................................................. 24

3.2.9 Dimensional stability......................................................................................................... 24

4 CONCRETE/MATRIX (W. BRAMESHUBER)...................................................................... 27

4.1 Introduction ............................................................................................................................. 27

4.2 Matrix Composition ................................................................................................................ 28

4.2.1 Mineral based systems....................................................................................................... 28

4.2.2 Alternative binder systems ................................................................................................ 30 Polymer modified systems ............................................................................................ 30 Alternative cement systems........................................................................................... 30 Short-fibre reinforced matrices...................................................................................... 32

4.3 Experimental techniques - fresh concrete properties........................................................... 32

4.3.1 Air content and density...................................................................................................... 32

4.3.2 Workability by flow and flow time ................................................................................... 32

4.3.3 Rheology measurements.................................................................................................... 33

4.4 Experimental techniques – hardened concrete properties .................................................. 34

4.4.1 Basic mechanical properties .............................................................................................. 34 Compressive and flexural strength ................................................................................ 34 Dynamic modulus of elasticity ...................................................................................... 34 Static Young´s modulus (compression)......................................................................... 35 Carbonation ................................................................................................................... 35 Shrinkage....................................................................................................................... 35 Alkalinity of pore solution............................................................................................. 35

4.4.2 Further experiments on the mechanical characteristics ..................................................... 35 σ-ε curve under compression ........................................................................................ 35 Tensile strength and Young’s modulus in tension......................................................... 36 3-point bend test ............................................................................................................ 36

4.5 Results - fresh concrete properties......................................................................................... 37

4.5.1 Fresh concrete properties................................................................................................... 37

4.5.2 Rheology measurements.................................................................................................... 37

4.6 Results - hardened concrete properties ................................................................................. 41

4.6.1 Basic mechanical properties .............................................................................................. 41 Alkalinity of pore solution............................................................................................. 44

4.6.2 Further experiments on mechanical properties.................................................................. 44 σ-w curve under compression ....................................................................................... 44 Tensile strength and corresponding Young’s modulus ................................................. 47 3-point bend test ............................................................................................................ 47 Discussion of results...................................................................................................... 50

5 PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES (W. BRAMESHUBER) ................................................. 54

5.1 Introduction ............................................................................................................................. 54

5.2 Shotcrete (Brameshuber)........................................................................................................ 54

5.3 Hand lay-up (Wastiels) ........................................................................................................... 54

5.3.1 Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 54

5.3.2 Processing steps................................................................................................................. 55

5.3.3 Advantages and disadvantages .......................................................................................... 55

5.4 Quasi-continuous production (Brameshuber) ...................................................................... 56

5.4.1 Pumping and injection....................................................................................................... 57

5.4.2 Dehydration process .......................................................................................................... 58

5.4.3 Effective water content...................................................................................................... 60

5.4.4 Hardened concrete properties ............................................................................................ 60

5.4.5 Joint within the production process................................................................................... 62

5.4.6 Production Process ............................................................................................................ 63

5.4.7 Discussion anD summary .................................................................................................. 64

5.5 Extrusion/Pultrusion Technologies (Peled, Mobasher)........................................................ 64

5.5.1 Pultrusion (A. Peled and B. Mobasher)............................................................................. 64

5.5.2 Wellcrete technology (low pressure extrusion LPE) (Pachow)......................................... 65

5.5.3 Module process technology (LPE) (Pachow).................................................................... 66

5.6 Production technology of prestressed textile concrete ......................................................... 66

5.6.1 Prestressing under laboratory conditions........................................................................... 66 Clamping with gluing .................................................................................................... 66 Clamping without gluing............................................................................................... 68 Prestressing frame ......................................................................................................... 68

5.6.2 Alternative device.............................................................................................................. 69

5.6.3 Prestress with aramid fibers............................................................................................... 70

5.6.4 Prestressing in practical production................................................................................... 71

5.7 Detail design solutions............................................................................................................. 71

5.7.1 Spacers............................................................................................................................... 71

5.7.2 Curing................................................................................................................................ 71

5.7.3 Others ................................................................................................................................ 71

5.8 Summary and conclusions ...................................................................................................... 71

6 COMPOSITE MATERIALS ..................................................................................................... 74

6.1 Bond (H.-W. Reinhardt) ......................................................................................................... 74

6.1.1 General .............................................................................................................................. 74 Bond mechanism and analytical models ....................................................................... 74 The YMB - Model......................................................................................................... 77 Adhesive cross-linkage model....................................................................................... 80

6.1.2 Testing of bond.................................................................................................................. 82 One-sided pullout test.................................................................................................... 82 Two-sided embedment test............................................................................................ 87

6.1.3 3D discrete bond model..................................................................................................... 89 General considerations .................................................................................................. 89 Bond stress-slip relation in a 2D consideration ............................................................. 90 Variation of bond strength in a 3D stress field.............................................................. 92 Experimental and numerical investigations................................................................... 94 Comparison of calculations and tests of textile reinforced elements in a pull-out test . 95

6.1.4 Pullout behavior of a fabric - testing and results ............................................................... 99 Introduction ................................................................................................................... 99 Geometry of fabrics....................................................................................................... 99 Testing ......................................................................................................................... 101 Bonding and pull-out - results and discussion............................................................. 101 Conclusions ................................................................................................................. 104

6.1.5 Bond of fabrics ................................................................................................................ 105 Pullout testing (setup).................................................................................................. 105 Pullout results .............................................................................................................. 105 Microstructure of pullout specimens ........................................................................... 106 Pullout modeling ......................................................................................................... 108

6.2 Mechanical Behaviour of Textile Reinforced Concrete .................................................... 114

6.2.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................................... 114

6.2.2 Specific features in the load bearing behaviour............................................................... 115

6.2.3 Bond in structural elements ............................................................................................. 116 Testing ......................................................................................................................... 116 Bond qualities.............................................................................................................. 116 Bond models................................................................................................................ 118

6.2.4 Load-carrying capacity parameter (experimental investigations) ................................... 119 General remarks........................................................................................................... 119 Test setup..................................................................................................................... 121 Results ......................................................................................................................... 122

6.2.5 Numerical Modelling ...................................................................................................... 128 Introduction ................................................................................................................. 128 MICRO-LEVEL .......................................................................................................... 129 MESO-LEVEL............................................................................................................ 130 MACRO-LEVEL ........................................................................................................ 132

6.2.6 Design models / mechanical models ............................................................................... 135 General remarks........................................................................................................... 135 Tension ........................................................................................................................ 135 Bending ....................................................................................................................... 135 Shear............................................................................................................................ 136

6.2.7 Longterm behaviour ........................................................................................................ 136

6.2.8 Summary and view.......................................................................................................... 136

6.3 Durability (P. Purnell) .......................................................................................................... 139

6.3.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................................... 139

6.3.2 Time dependent behaviour .............................................................................................. 140

6.3.3 Accelerated ageing .......................................................................................................... 142

6.3.4 Enhancements in durability through fibre and matrix modification................................ 145

6.3.5 Microstructural changes related to TRC durability ......................................................... 147

6.3.6 Models of the degradation process .................................................................................. 151

6.3.7 Volume stability and cracking......................................................................................... 153

6.3.8 Hybrid composites, textiles and structural strengthening................................................ 154

6.3.9 Conclusions ..................................................................................................................... 155

6.4 Fire Resistance (M. Krüger)................................................................................................. 162

6.4.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................................... 162

6.4.2 Fire performance of textile materials .............................................................................. 162

6.4.3 Fire performance of fine grained concrete ...................................................................... 163

6.4.4 Fire resistance of textile reinforced concrete elements.................................................... 164 Test setup and test procedure ...................................................................................... 164 Test results................................................................................................................... 165 Quantification of the test results.................................................................................. 168

6.4.5 Conclusions ..................................................................................................................... 169

7 TRC FOR REHABILITATION (M. CURBACH)................................................................. 171

7.1 Introduction ........................................................................................................................... 171

7.2 Bond failure modes................................................................................................................ 171

7.2.1 Bond failure modes in general......................................................................................... 172

7.2.2 Layers of bond failure ..................................................................................................... 172

7.3 Load carrying capacity of the bond ..................................................................................... 174

7.3.1 Influence of the textile reinforcement ............................................................................. 174

7.3.2 Influence of the roughness of the new-old concrete joint ............................................... 174

7.3.3 Influence of the properties of the old concrete ................................................................ 175

7.4 Deformations of the bond ..................................................................................................... 175

7.5 Bond models........................................................................................................................... 176

7.5.1 Existing bond models ...................................................................................................... 176

7.5.2 Strut-and-tie-model ......................................................................................................... 176

7.6 Conclusions ............................................................................................................................ 177

8 APPLICATIONS OF TEXTILE REINFORCED CONCRETE .......................................... 178

8.1 Introduction ........................................................................................................................... 178

8.2 Exterior cladding panels - Textile concrete facades ........................................................... 178

8.3 Sandwich elements ................................................................................................................ 183

8.4 Parapet sheet.......................................................................................................................... 183

8.5 Decentralized wastewater treatment plants made of textile reinforced concrete............ 184

8.6 Integrated formwork element .............................................................................................. 186

8.7 Balcony floor sheet ................................................................................................................ 186

8.8 Diamond-shaped framework................................................................................................ 187

8.9 Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems EIFS (C. Aldea) ................................................. 188

8.10 Gypsum Board Joint Finishing System (C. Aldea)........................................................ 190

8.10.1 Definition and role of the system ................................................................................ 190

8.10.2 Elements of the system: fabric and matrix/joint compound ........................................ 190

8.10.3 Typical tests................................................................................................................. 191

8.10.4 Installation ................................................................................................................... 191

8.11 ….. ....................................................................................................................................... 191

8.12 Summary and view ............................................................................................................ 192


10 SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS (M. CURBACH) .................................................................. 193

11 CONSEQUENCES AND OUTLOOK (W. BRAMESHUBER)............................................ 193

Working party “Definitions”
Aldea, Corina

ABSTRACT: In this chapter the different materials are characterized ....abstract is missing.

1.1 Definitions

1.1.1 Textile materials

The following definitions are used as listed in “Dictionary of fibre & textile technology”, Hoechst

Fabric - A manufactured planar textile structure made of fibres and/or yarns assembled by various
means such as weaving, knitting, tufting, felting, braiding, or bonding of webs to give the structure
sufficient strength and other properties required for its intended use.


a) In spun yarn production, an intermediate state between sliver and yarn. Roving is a condensed sliver
that has been drafted, twisted, doubled and redoubled. The product of the first roving operation is
sometimes called slubbing.

b) The operation of producing roving.

c) In the manufacture o composites, continuous strands of parallel filaments

Textile - originally, a woven fabric; now applied generally to any one of the following:

a) staple fibres and filaments suitable for conversion to or use as yarns, or for the preparation of
woven, knit, or non-woven fabrics;

b) yarns made from natural or manufactured fibres;

c) fabrics and other manufactured products made from fibres as defined above and from yarns.

d) garments and other articles fabricated from fibres, yarns, or fabrics, when the products retain the
characteristic flexibility and drape of the original fabrics.

Yarn - A generic term for a continuous strand of textile fibres, filaments of material in a form suitable
for knitting, weaving or otherwise intertwining to a form of textile fabric. Yarn occurs in the following

a) a number of fibres twisted together (spun yarn);

b) a number of filaments laid together without a twist (zero twist yarn);

c) a number of filaments laid together with a degree of twist;

d) a single filament with or without a twist (a monofilament);

e) a narrow strip of material, such as paper, plastic film of metal foil, with or without twist, intended
for use in a textile construction.

Note: direct roving and assembled roving are specialised terms, which are typical for glass fibres.
Although I could provide a definition, I did not find any in the dictionary, and therefore I preferred not
to include any on the list.

Tex -

1.1.2 Matrix
Matrix - The matrices used for TRC have to meet special demands regarding production process,
mechanical properties of the composite and durability of the reinforcement material. In most cases
small maximum grain sizes (< 2 mm) are used and hence these matrix systems can be considered as
mortar. On the other hand these matrices offer high performance properties in many respects and are
used for a construction composite material, such that these matrix systems are also called fine grained
concrete (or fine concrete).

Comments by Christian Meyer/ Gregor Vilkner:

The idea of a separate chapter with definitions is an excellent one. But the current list should be
expanded considerably. Some suggestions:

Tex – It is defined in Chapter 3 (Sect. 1.1.3), but should be clearly defined here as well. Also, denier is
often used in the industry and should be defined here.

We should establish a clear terminology regarding what is a fiber, a filament (the same?), a roving,
and a strand (the same?). Then the body of the report should be scanned to make sure, a uniform
terminology is used throughout. Right now, it is far from it.


Working party “Bond of TRC”.
Wolfgang Brameshuber, Institute of Building Materials Research at Aachen University (ibac),

ABSTRACT: In this chapter the principle bond behavior of a strand .... is discussed ...

Working party “Textiles”.
Gries; T.; Roye, A. ITA at RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Offermann, P.; Engler, Th. ITB at Dresden University, Germany
Peled, A. Structural Engineering Department at Ben Gurion University, Israel

ABSTRACT: In this chapter .....

3.1 Textile fibers

3.1.1 Suitable materials

The properties, the amount and the arrangement of the used fiber materials have a great influence to
the characteristics of the composite the textile reinforced concrete. Therefore the fiber material and its
textile make up have to meet various demands. The preconditions for an effective reinforcement are
beside high fiber tenacity and breaking elongation a modulus of elasticity much higher than that of the
concrete matrix. Otherwise, occurring cracks would drastically reduce the stiffness of the building
component. To ensure a life-long reinforcing effect, the fiber material has to withstand the alkaline
medium permanently and without losing its properties. Further requirements on the fiber are: small
relaxation under permanent load, a good and constant adhesion between reinforcement and concrete,
low cost and the possibility of processing them easily on textile machinery.

The use of alkali-resistant man-made glass fibers (AR-glass), carbon and aramide for the design and
fabrication of textile reinforcements essentially meets these requirements (Fig. 3.1). The make-up and
typical properties of these fiber materials are described in the following paragraph. Fig. 3.2 compares
the most important mechanical parameters of these fiber materials. By varying the yarn fineness (see
paragraph 3.1.2, make-up of yarns) the volumes of the examined filament yarns are approximately the

Fig. 3.1. System of fibre material.

Further, at least partly suitable polymers like polypropylene, polyvinyl alcohol, polyethylene, and
polyacrylnitrile are already known as short fiber reinforcements for concrete. Basalt fibers can also be

used for this purpose. Reinforcing fabrics made of metal yarns (steel fiber yarns) are also possible, but
they have a bad cost-performance-ratio. Short steel fibers are nevertheless widely used in steel fiber

Fig. 3.2. Mechanical properties of selected high-performance filament yarns (see relevant yarn and
textile fabric properties).

3.1.2 Make-up of yarns

High-performance fibers made of AR-glass, carbon and aramide can be made up as filament or twisted
yarns. For reinforcing purposes filament yarns are the better choice because they possess only a small
structural elongation.

a) b) c)
Fig. 3.3. Yarn construction: a) filament yarn, b) bundled yarn, c) foil fibrillated tape.

Filament yarns are a bundle of elementary fibers, so-called filaments (Fig. 3.3 a). One yarn consists of
several hundreds up to thousands of single filaments. Therefore, the fineness of the yarn, indicated as
tex (gram per 1000 meters), depends on the number of filaments, the average filament diameter and
the fiber density.

The stress-strain relations of the filament yarns are significantly influenced by the location of the
single filament in the yarn and by the interactions between the filaments. Ideally all filaments in the
yarn should be parallel and drawn, divergences however may occur depending on the method of
fabrication, quality and intended use. The method of fabrication divides the yarns into assembled and
non-assembled yarns. Assembled yarns are made in a two-step process and consist of several
combined ropes of filaments, whereas non-assembled yarns include only elementary fibers.

The properties of the filament yarns are decisively influenced by the applied size, a device to improve
the processing behavior. Relevant for building purposes is the differentiation between water dispersing
and integrated sizes. The size has a great influence on the quality of the adhesion between the
filaments and it influences the load bearing performance Therefore, intensive research is aiming at the
development of new yarn sizes and coatings. The objective of it is to better exploit the high
mechanical potential of the elementary fibers. Another way to maximize the fiber effectiveness is the
combination of different materials, see section 3.1.6. Fig. 3.3 b shows an example for such a combined
yarn. Further yarn types like polypropylene foil fibrillated tape (Fig. 3.3 c) are used to replace
expensive fiber materials only if needed for manufacturing purposes. For processing on textile
machinery the yarns are stored on bobbins. A typical bobbin for glass filament yarns (roving) is the
roving bobbin, where the yarn is pulled off from inside (Fig. 3.4 a). As a result one twist per round is
applied on the yarn. Cross-wound bobbins with a cylindrical core ensure an almost twist-free
tangential pull-off (Fig. 3.4 b). These bobbins are used for carbon and aramide filament yarns.

a) b)
Fig. 3.4. Bobbin make-up: a) pull-off from inside, b) twist-free tangential pull-off.

3.1.3 AR-glass filament yarns

AR-glass filament yarns are designed especially for the reinforcement of concrete made of standard
cement. To resist the corrosive alkaline solution in the concrete, AR-glass contains more then 15 %
(mass) of zircon. Another cement resistant glass is Z-glass, which includes higher shares of silicon
dioxide and zircon oxide.

The industrial fabrication of AR-glass filament yarns with high zircon shares was first started by
Nippon Electric Glass (NEG) Co., Ltd. in 1975. Since then short fibers (cut filaments) have been used
to reduce crack propagation.

The basic materials silica sand, clay and limestone are melted at temperatures up to 1350 °C and
pulled off the spinning nozzle with a speed between 25 and 150 m/s and diameters ranging from 9 to
27 µm. After spinning a size (0.5 to 1.5 mass-% of the fiber) of organic polymers dispersed in water is
applied on the filaments, 400 to 6600 of whom are combined to yarn without twisting.

The size is important for the following processes and improves the yarn properties as well as the
adhesion and the stress propagation between filaments and matrix material. The basic mechanical

properties of AR-glass are - depending on the yarn fineness - tenacity up to 1400 N/mm² linear elastic
elongation up to 2 % with modulus of elasticity between 70 and 80 kN/mm². The density of
2.8 kg/dm³ is relatively high compared to carbon or aramide. Regarding the good adhesion to concrete
AR-glass shows a good cost-performance-ratio at a price of about 24 €/dm³. Table 3.1 compares
commercially available AR-glass filament yarns.

Table 3.1. Selected commercially available alkali-resistant glass fibers

Product type Producer [tex] Diameter [µm] Number of filaments
AR310S-800/DB 310 13,5 800
AR620S-800/TM Nippon Electric Glass, 620 13,5 1600
AR1100S-800/TM Japan 1100 16 2000
AR2500S-800/DB 2500 24 2000
LTR ARC 320 5325 320 14 800
LTR ARC 640 5325 Saint-Gobain Vetrotex, 640 14 1600
LTR ARC 1200 5325 Spain 1200 19 1600
LTR ARC 2400 5325 2400 27 1600

3.1.4 Carbon filament yarns

With its use by Thomas Alva Edison in electric light bulbs the carbon fiber was born. Today’s carbon
fibers, however, were developed in the 1960s by choosing PAN as basic material instead of cellulose.
Now carbon fibers of very high tensile strength could be produced for aviation, automobiles and sports

Basic materials are polyacrylnitrile and meso phase pitch. They can be made spinnable by
polymerization and thermal treatment. The anisotropic PAN or pitch fiber from the spinning process
becomes unmeltable in an oxidation procedure at temperatures of 200 to 300 °C. The carbonization
defines the properties of the carbon fibers. Fibers of high tenacity (HT-fibers) are created from PAN at
1500 to 1700 °C and fibers of high modulus of elasticity at 2200 to 3000 °C by graphitization
incandescence. The tenacity of HT-fibers lays between 3000 and 5000 N/mm², the modulus of
elasticity between 200 and 250 kN/mm². HM-fibers range from 2000 to 4500 N/mm² in tensile
strength and 350-450 kN/mm² in modulus. Tests on commercial carbon fiber yarns have shown yarn
tenacities of more than 2000 N/mm² depending on the fineness.

Further positive properties for technical uses are low density (1.8 kg/dm³), very little creeping, good
vibration reduction, low heat expansion and conductivity, good electric conductivity and furthermore
low X-ray absorption as well as high resistance to acid, alkaline and organic solvents. The most
common matrix materials are duroplastic and thermoplastic polymers. Mineral matrix systems like
concrete are special cases for the use of carbon.

The adhesion to concrete is not as good as that of AR-glass. Special sizes have to be implied to
improve the use of filament properties in the yarn, the fabric and the building component. Having
solved this problem carbon will have an increasing importance for reinforcing concrete despite its cost
of more than 40 €/dm³, which is very much depending on the fiber properties. Carbon fibers are much
more difficult to process without deterioration than other fiber materials. Due to the sensitivity to
lateral pressure filament breaks occur more often despite large-scale modifications of the thread-
guides. Since the broken fibers are electrically conductive, all electronic devices and machine parts
have to be shielded. Modern fabrication technology, however, allows the economical production of
carbon fabrics with reproducible and predictable properties.

Table 3.2. Selected commercially available carbon fibres
Product type Producer [tex] Diameter [µm] Number of filaments
Tenax HTA 5131 400 tex 400 7 6000
Tenax HTS 5631 800 tex Tenax Fibres 800 7 12000
Tenax STS 5631 1600
1600 7 24000
T300J-3000 Toray Industries. 198 7 3000
T300JB-6000 Inc. Japan 396 7 6000

3.1.5 Aramid filament yarns

By definition of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) aromatic polyamides (polyaramides) are
long-chain synthetic polyamides of which at least 85 % of the amide groups are directly linked to the
amide bridges. Up to 50 % of the amide linkages can be replaced by imide linkages. This definition
shows the difference between conventional polyamides and aramides.

Aramide filaments are made by polycondensation of dichloranhydrides of aromatic dicarbon acids

with aromatic diamines. The resulting polymer is isolated by precipitation with water, dried and solved
in concentrated sulfuric acid at a temperature of 80 °C for spinning. The hot spinning solution is pulled
off the nozzle, carried a short way through air into a precipitation bath. Beside filament yarns staple
fiber products are produced.

Du Pont began to sell aramide fibers in 1966. It is mostly used for fiber reinforced polymers, electric
insulation, protective clothing as well as for cables, ropes and belts.

Because of their excellent tensile strength and modulus of elasticity aramide fibers also belong to the
high performance fibers. Concerning their properties two types can basically be differentiated: meta-
aramide and para-aramide. Since it provides better mechanical stability, para-aramide is especially
interesting for reinforcements. It exists as normal (N), high tenacity (HT) and high modulus (HM)
version and is easily distinguishable from the white meta-aramide by its golden color. The tenacity is
about 3000 N/mm², the modulus of elasticity between 60 kN/mm² (N-version) and 130 kN/mm² (HM-

Compared to carbon and glass fibers aramide offers a very low density (1.4 kg/dm³), a lower
brittleness and a higher impact resistance. The cost depends on the yarn fineness and the modulus and
is about 42 €/dm³ for the N-version.

Another problem is the negative heat expansion. If the heat expansion of reinforcing material and
concrete are different, tensions arise in the adhesion zone of both components. The use of such
composites is therefore very limited.

A disadvantage is its low resistance against alkaline solutions. But the comparatively new fiber type
Technora® (Table 3.3) offers a much better performance and even shows higher tenacities of about
3500 N/mm².

Table 3.3. Selected commercially available aramide fibers.
Product type Producer [tex] Diameter [µm] Number of filaments
Technora T-240 167 tex 167 12 1000
Technora T-241J 167 tex Teijin Twaron 167 12 1000
Twaron T3200 BV 322 12 2000
Twaron 2520 2520 12 k. A.

3.1.6 Combined yarns

Besides the man-made fiber yarns, which have been described above, combinations of them are also
used for reinforcing fabrics. Today these are mostly friction spinning yarns. The yarns have a hybrid
structure and consist of different materials. For reinforcing concrete friction spinning hybrid yarns are
made of AR-glass or carbon filament yarns as core and AR-thermoplastics as mantle. The
thermoplastic material can be melted in an additional process providing stabilized textile structures.

Other combined yarns can be manufactured by co-extruding. This means that the core yarn is spray-
coated with another polymer. These yarns have a very smooth surface which reduces the adhesion
with concrete. To improve this, additional yarns can be wound around the reinforcing yarn
(Fig. 3.3 b).

3.2 Fabrication of textile reinforcement

3.2.1 Introduction
There are several advantages of reinforcing concrete by means of fibrous materials in the shape of
textile fabrics. Positive from a technical point of view is the suitability of textiles for reinforcement of
even and curved components near to the surface in different load directions. The easy and reproducible
positioning of yarns in the shape of textile fabrics is furthermore an economic profit.

From the variety of textile fabrication processes are only a few left which can be used for concrete
reinforcements. The most important criterion is the possibility to create open structures with high
displacement stability. A good permeability and complete envelope with the concrete is provided by
an open grid structure. To ensure satisfactory handling there must be no displacement of the threads.
Certain manufacturing methods (e.g. warp knitting with insertion of reinforcing threads) are therefore
better suited than others (e.g. braiding).

Fig. 3.5 systematically shows the most common textile fabrics for reinforcing concrete. The largest
amount of fabrics are bi- or multi-axial warp knits since they offer a great flexibility of properties and
are suited for many uses. For a complete overview of textile fabrics and structures see [Ber2000].

Fig. 3.5. Overview about the commonly used semi-finished reinforcement products for the
application in concrete.

3.2.2 Scrims Plane scrims

Scrims are defined as textile fabrics produced by superposing thread systems with or without fixing
the crossing points. If the reinforcing threads are exactly positioned and drawn in load direction, the
highest stiffness and tenacity can be reached. Two thread systems form a bi-axial scrim, three or more
systems a multi-axial scrim.

Multi-axial scrims offer a broad variety of properties: drawn threads, any combination of angles
between the layers, any design of layers and a free choice of the weight per unit area. The structure of
a multi-axial scrim consists of several layers of reinforcing thread systems with different orientations
and a knitting thread structure – the warp knit. The knitting thread bonds the thread layers and forms a
warp knitted scrim. By varying the reinforcing thread systems and the mesh structure (fringe, tricot
etc.), the character of the scrim can be adapted to its use.

Fig. 3.6 shows an exemplary lay-up of a multi-axial warp knit. It consists of up to eight layers which
can be adjusted in almost any direction (e.g. 0°, 90°, +45°, -45°). The 0° direction is the machine
direction, the so-called warp direction. The threads laid in other angles are called weft thread systems.

Fig. 3.6. Exemplary lay-up of a multi-axial warp knit.

17 Circular scrim s
Circular scrims (Fig. 3.7) are tubular textiles. The manufacturing is divided into a laying and a
bonding section. Several bonding principles, like warp knitting, gluing and welding, can be used.

Materials used for ultrasonic welding must contain at least one thermoplastic component. One system
of threads with a thermoplastic element is enough. The other tread system can be made of alternative
polymers. The thermoplastic component is melted by ultrasonic waves. By applying these ultrasonic
waves and pressure the yarn crossings are welded and fixed. The diameter of the textile fabric is
determined by the diameter of the welding unit. Circular scrims are used for reinforcing hollow
sections (tubes, cable pits), cut as planes or formed as tee-sections.

Fig. 3.7. Machine for the manufacturing of circular laminated fabrics by means of ultrasonic
welding at the ITA, textile cross section diameter 120 mm.

3.2.3 Warp knits Plane warp k nits

The textile fabric of plane warp knits consists of the mesh forming thread systems themselves. Up to
36 guide bars lay the thread systems around moving needles and form different mesh patterns.
Structures with closed or very open surfaces can be produced that way. It is possible to insert a parallel
and drawn weft thread and to create a warp knit similar to scrims. The only difference of these warp
knits, bi-axially reinforced in warp and weft direction, to bi-axial scrims is, that the weft threads are
inserted according to the mesh pattern. They are inserted in the moment of mesh formation. The
insertion according to the mesh pattern reduces the deterioration of the reinforcing threads because
they are not pricked as it is the case with the manufacturing of scrims. The warp knits can be better
draped, but have lower displacement stability. Three-dimens ional spacer warp knits

With a double needle bar raschel machine, for the manufacturing of spacer warp knits (Fig. 3.8), two
textile fabrics can be produced at the same time with a defined space and be linked to each other.
Common fabric-fabric spaces for concrete reinforcements are between 15 and 100 mm. Both fabrics
are reinforced by bi-axial weft threads and pile threads maintain a defined space in-between.

These 3-dimensional spacer warp knits are used to reinforce thin concrete elements, whereas both
fabrics are positioned near to the surface.

To produce textile structures with a certain contour, the space between the both fabrics can be
variable. Both fabrics can be manufactured independently. That means that every side can consist of

different materials and have different mesh patterns as well as different weft thread densities
(Fig. 3.9).

Fig. 3.8. Spacer fabrics bi-axial weft insertion on both sides.

25 mm 20 mm 25 mm

Fig. 3.9. Spacer fabrics bi-axial weft insertion on both sides and variable fabric distance. Circular warp knits

Tubular textiles can be manufactured by the warp knitting technology using circular needle bars. On
this way regular warp knits as well as warp knits with additional weft insertion can be produced.
Especially suited for the reinforcement of concrete are bi-axial circular warp knits.

Fig. 3.10 shows a circular warp knit with a bi-axial reinforcement in 0° and 90° direction. By that the
0°-threads are enveloped by a skipped fringe pattern and the crossing points are fixed. With this
method all reinforcing threads are tied up according to the mesh pattern. The diameter of the warp knit
is determined by the size of the needle bar. The diameter in this example is 80 mm.

Fig. 3.10. Circular warp knits with bi-axial weft insertion.

3.2.4 Woven fabrics

According to DIN 60 000 a woven is defined as a fabric manufactured by shedding two rectangular
crossing thread systems, warp and weft. The kind and crossing of warp and weft is called weaving
pattern. The weaving pattern influences the fabric properties and design very much. It decides how
often a thread is crossing threads of the other system on a certain length. This length is called floating.

There are three basic weaving patterns – plain, twill and atlas weave (Fig. 3.11). Plain weave has the
shortest floating and a very high displacement stability. The floating grows from twill to atlas whereas
the displacement stability decreases which may cause the threads to skip from their position in later
process steps. There is a tendency, however, that with a larger floating the fabrics can be draped more

For reinforcing concrete elements with woven fabrics technical wovens like flat wovens as well as
multilayer ones can be interesting. Flat wovens of full or half cross weave are mostly used to stop
crack propagation in plaster mortar. Other fields for woven fabrics are the reinforcement of foam,
gypsum and wood elements as well as noise and heat insulating sandwich structures.

Because it is necessary to have an open structure with drawn reinforcing threads the stability of the
cross weaves has to be improved by an anti-displacement finish. Commercially available reinforcing
woven fabrics are made of AR-glass filament yarn. The structure is stabilized by impregnation with a
plastic matrix which also increases the chemical resistance. The fabric can be individually designed
for its use.

Multilayer woven fabrics consist of several layers linked by a binding warp thread. This warp ensures
a defined space between the layers. The pattern of the layers is variable and can be constructed for
every layer separately. Multilayer wovens have thread systems in every dimension.

Plain weave Twill weave Satin weave

Fig. 3.11. Different weaving patterns.

3.2.5 Structural stabilization

To secure the geometry of the reinforcing fabric beyond the manufacturing process it is absolutely
necessary for ensuring good handling and utilizing the whole potential in the building component. In
order to realize these benefits an additional fixing may be advisable [Off2003].

The textile structures have to be fixed in their ideal position, which is best done during the production
process. Coating, impregnating and the insertion of an additional backing are possibilities of
implanting suitable binding agents. Fig. 3.12 describes the influence of a supplementary fixing on a bi-
axial scrim (weight: 8 g/m², distance between reinforcing threads 7.2 mm). The test was carried out
with the bending test device described in paragraph 3.3 – ??which paragraph is meant??. During
thermo-bonding, the warp knitting threads made of polypropylene are melted under pressure and heat.
Coating and impregnating are based on self-interlacing carboxyl styrene-butadiene copolymers
dispersed in water [Mäd2003].

Fig. 3.12. Width related bending stiffness for different structural strengthening processes Yarn and
textile properties relevant for practical use.

3.2.6 Tensile strength

Principally, the forces occurring in the composite material are transmitted from the matrix system to
the bond between matrix and filament resp. between filament and filament (inner friction). The
properties of the composite material are influenced by the applied sizing of the filament yarn. The

filaments of the yarns embedded in the composite material are involved in the load transmission. The
yarn behaviour in the concrete matrix can be estimated if the inner filament friction is activated during
the determination of the yarn strength. The mechanical properties of the textile fibres, yarn and fabrics
are not only used for modelling and developing textile pre forms but also for the further development,
optimisation and quality assurance of raw materials and textile fabrics.

The diameter of a single filament that is needed to determine the mechanical composite properties, e.g.
tensile strength, can be measured by Vibromat ME using the vibration method. The yarn fineness is
determined using a gravimetric method according to DIN EN ISO 2060. The hydrometer is used for
measuring the material density (ambient conditions). The stress-strain-behaviour of the single filament
is measured by the tensile test machine Fafegraph ME made by Textechno Herbert Stein GmbH & Co.
KG. The tensile test is performed according to DIN EN ISO 5079. The free clamping length of the
filaments varies between 60 and 100 mm because of the reduction of the failure near the clamping area
and the reduced influence of the test set-up as a result of the strain measurement.

The determination of the stress-strain-behaviour of alkali-resistant glass filament yarns is based on the
international standard ISO 3341. The modified test set-up for the determination of tensile strength and
breaking strain of glass filament yarns has been developed at the Institute of Textile and Clothing
Technology, cf. Fig. 3.13.
radiussed clamp Test conditions
free gauge length

- climate: (20 ± 2) °C;

yarn (65 ± 2) % rel. humidity

ligth beam mark

- clamp: wire clamp/ vulcanised flat

(with cleaning)

- clamping length: 500 mm

moving grip
- test speed.: 200 mm/min

- initial load: 0,5 cN/tex

- strain measuring: optical extensiometer

- test: 20 per bobbin

Fig. 3.13. Test set-up and test conditions for the determination of stress-strain-behaviour of filament

This experimental set-up allows tensile tests on all high-performance filament yarns. The test is
performed at the Zwick material testing machine, type Z100 with special return clamps and external
strain measuring equipment. The significant advantages of the test set-up and the test realisation
(Fig. 3.13) are:

• high sensibility

• no time consuming specimen preparation

• no slipping and breaking in the clamp

• direct measurement of the strain

• high number of tests

• low statistic spread

• good reproducibility.

Tensile tests on wetted alkali-resistant glass filament yarns can also be performed under the same test
conditions without the adjustment of the reference atmosphere (relative humidity). In order to wet the
yarns completely the specimens are laid in water for at least one hour. After this, the wetted yarn is
clamped and the wet tensile strength is determined in a standard tensile test. The test set-up is equally
suitable for short-term continuous and alternating loads.

The highest tensile strength of the filament yarn is significantly lower than the total tensile strength of
all single filaments contained (Fig. 3.14). One of the reasons for this is the unequal loading of the
single filaments within the yarn and the existing material defects [Cur1999].

As mentioned earlier, the results of the yarn tests and the tests performed on the composite material
depend on the bond properties between the filaments. The yarn test uses special wire clamps to initiate
loads through friction between yarn and deflection roller or to achieve adhesion between the filaments.
The initiation of loads is realised according to the mechanism of the initiation of tensile loads in
reinforced concrete specimen [Off2001]. This confirms the consistency of the results that are obtained
by both methods, cf. Fig. 3.14.

Filament Filament Yarn Composite


Stress [ N/mm²]




[µm] 13,5 13,5 16 24
310 tex 620 tex 1100 tex 2500 tex

Fig. 3.14. Dependence of tensile strength on the filament diameter or the yarn fineness in alkali-
resistant glass filament yarns made by Nippon Electric Glass (NEG).

3.2.7 Test methods for the determination of the structural stability

To evaluate the influence of an additional stabilisation method on the fabric, it is necessary to develop
and adopt testing methods for the quantitative characterisation of shape accuracy.

To examine the bending behaviour of the open grid structures a specially developed bending test with
vertical specimen arrangement is used (Fig. 3.15). The specimen is clamped perpendicularly, and the
bending edge is situated in the centre of rotation. The bending results from the rotation of the
specimen against a fixed bar. The pressure load on the bar is measured as a turning moment. Any
influence of gravity is practically avoided by this arrangement. According to Engler et al. 2004

[Eng2004] this new method can display the differences between open grid reinforcing textiles better
than the usually applied Cantilever test (DIN 53362). To reduce as much outside influence as possible
an electronically controlled testing device is currently being developed at the ITB.

Fig. 3.15. Bending test with vertically placed specimen.

Other sorts of high performance filament yarn can be tested with this method as well. Main advantages
of this test are high sensitivity, easy sample preparation, no clamp problems, direct elongation
measurement, great number of tests reproducible results with little straggling.

To evaluate the impact of characteristic influences on the tensile strength like length or waviness of
the filaments, the load can be passed into the filament yarns through resin blocks. By this method a
very short and exactly defined free clamping length can be realised (Fig. 3.16).

Fig. 3.16. Defined specimen length through embedding in epoxy matrix.

3.2.8 Fiber fineness and volume

The filament diameter, necessary for the calculation of strength, is dependent on the filament fineness
which can be measured with the vibration test on a Vibromat ME testing device. The yarn fineness is
evaluated according to ISO 2060 with a gravimetric method.

The weight per unit area is described in DIN 53884. The weight of the warp knitting thread can be
measured with the amount of thread being delivered to the warp knitting machine. To calculate the
area related fiber volume, the glass density of the filament yarn is measured with a hygrometer at
20 °C.

3.2.9 Dimensional stability

For the evaluation of the dimensional stability special testing devices have been developed during this
research. They allow a quantitative measurement and control of the textile properties. They are the
basis for the evolution of textile reinforcements. A special vertical bending test is used to examine the

bending behavior of open grid structures. The influence of gravity is nearly eliminated with this
sample arrangement.

Another wax to evaluate the handling qualities of textile reinforcing structures is the examination of
the displacement stability (Fig. 3.17). A circular clamp is rotated in the sample which is fixed in its
position by a needle bed and two circular rubber coated clamps. This takes account of the area
character of the textile fabric. The resistance is measured as the moment of torsion at a defined angle.

Recent tests have shown that the displacement test can describe structural differences resulting from
the textile construction and from the bonding properties of the yarns.

a) b)
Fig. 3.17. Experimental determination of the displacement stability, a) non-deformed structure, b)
deformed structure.


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Working party “Concrete / Matrix”.
Brameshuber, W.; Brockmann, T., Institute of Building Materials Research at Aachen University
(ibac), Germany
Curbach, M., Institut für Tragwerke und Baustoffe, University of Dresden, Germany
Meyer, Ch., Vilkner, G., Department of Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, New York, USA
Mobasher, B., College of Engineering, Arizona State University, USA
Peled, A., Structural Engineering Department, Ben Gurion University, Israel
Reinhardt, H.W.; Krüger, M., Construction Materials Institute, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Wastiels, J., Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

ABSTRACT: In this chapter different matrices used for TRC elements are characterised. The matrix
design is a complex task as many requirements according to production processes, mechanical
parameters, bonding behaviour as well as durability have to be fulfilled. Hence, within different
research projects and for industry different matrix system have been developed for the use of TRC.
The matrix compositions as well as testing methods and the results for the fresh and hardened
concrete properties are summarised. Also, some extended investigations on the fracture mechanical
behaviour of the newly developed fine grained binder system considered as single component of the
composite TRC are discussed.

4.1 Introduction
The matrices used for TRC have to meet special demands regarding production process,
mechanical properties of the composite and durability of the reinforcement material. In most cases
small maximum grain sizes (< 2 mm) are used and hence these matrix systems can be considered as
mortar. On the other hand these matrices offer high performance properties in many respects and are
used for a construction composite material, such that these matrix systems are also called fine concrete
(or fine grained concrete).

Regarding matrix composition there is some experience for GRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete),
where short fibres are used, but for the use in TRC elements other requirements have to be fulfilled.
One essential aspect is to get full penetration of the technical textiles in order to guarantee for a good
bonding as well as loading behaviour. Hence, the consistency of the matrix has to be adjusted for the
properties of the textile, the geometry of the specimen and the production process. Some technical
textiles may show capillary suction and might show a very thin mesh and therefore highly flowable
consistencies are required. This is also the case for production techniques like injection, while other
production techniques like lamination or pultrusion rather required plastic consistencies. Furthermore,
for industrial series production high initial strength and short demoulding times will be aspired.
Regarding durability chemical stability of the technical textiles within the matrix are essential.
Resistance to frost and other environmental impacts will be demanded for external explication. Also,
mechanical properties like strength and deformation behaviour will depend on the application and are
rather related to the composite. Anyhow, low values of creep and shrinkage will be a further objective
for matrix design. As some of these requirements are conflictive matrix design will always be a best
compromise between all requirement regarding fresh, mechanical and durability aspects as well as
economic aspects for industrial production of TRC elements.

Table 4.1. Concrete types – overview.
Matrix systems Cement Type Additives Suitable production
technique /
Mineral based systems
SFB 532 (Brameshuber) OPC Fly ash, All, depending
silica fume, on mixture
superplasticisers composition
SFB 528 (Curbach) OPC Fly ash,
silica fume,
Glass aggregate concrete OPC Metakaolin Prestressed thin sheets
(Meyer, Ch.)
Friedrich, Th. ? no information Dehydration
Pachow, U. Durapact + e.g. silica fume, Spraying, lamination
varying cement metakaolin, see patent
types specifications
Reinhardt, H.-W. OPC Fly ash, Lamination
silica fume,
Peled, A. Pultrusion
Alternative binder systems
Polymer modified binder systems OPC Polymers All, depending
on mixture
Calciumaluminate cement (SFB CAC Fly ash, Lamination
532) silica fume,
Short-fibres (SFB 532) OPC Fly ash, Lamination
silica fume,

4.2 Matrix Composition

In general the matrix compositions have to be designed for special requirements regarding
chemical compatibility with textile reinforcement materials, a suitable consistency for full penetration
of the textiles as well as for planned production processes and finally mechanical properties for load-
carrying capacity of textile reinforced elements. Different projects and applications therefore require
special mixture compositions. In the following mixtures are differentiated in mineral based, polymer
modified, and alternative systems.

4.2.1 Mineral based systems

Within the collaborative research centre SFB 532 at Aachen University, Germany, the development
and investigation of new binder systems for TRC is a central task. Therefore, many different mixture
compositions have been designed considering the above-stated aspects and have been tested for fresh
and hardened concrete properties [Bra2001a, Bra2001b]. Table 4.2 shows an overview of the most
important matrix compositions of cement based systems within this and other research projects and
hence designed according to different requirements depending on the projects and applications.

Table 4.2. Matrix compositions of mineral based systems.
Materials Mineral based matrices

PZ-0899-01 FA-1200-01 RP-03-2E alphadur MF-02-101 M7 R1 R2-17 GA Concrete

SFB 532 SFB 532 SFB 532 SFB 532 SFB 532 H.-W- Reinhardt SFB 528 SFB 528 Ch. Meyer
cement c 490 210 980 - 441 480 619 619 260
cement type CEM I 52.5 CEM I 52.5 CEM I 52.5 - CEM I 52.5 CEM I 42,5 R CEM III/B 32.5 CEM III/B 32.5 CEM III
ready made mixture 2400 309
by Durapact4)
fly ash f kg/m³ 175 455 210 - 210 154 - 261 -
silica fume s 35 35 210 - - 41 - 49 -
metakaolin m - - - - 49 - - - 65

others - - - - - - - - -
binder (c+f+s+m) 700 700 1400 2400 700 675 928 979 979
6) 6)
plasticizer 1,5 0,9 2,5 0,6 2 2,5 n.m. n.m. 1,25
polymers - - - - - - -
% of

stabilizer binder -
others -
AR-glass short fibres - - - - - - -
siliceous fines
0-0.125 mm 500 470 118 - 500 927 927 -

siliceous sand
0.2-0.6 mm 715 670 168 - 715 550
0-0.6 mm 460 glass
0.6-1.2 mm 920 aggregates
water kg/m³ 280 280 350 228 280 211 309 309 123

w/c 0,57 1,33 0,36 0,63 0,44 0,50 0,50 0,47

w/b = w/(c+f+s) 0,40 0,40 0,25 0,10 0,40 0,31 0,33 0,32 0,13
1) 4)
powder plasticizer type see patent specification
2) 5)
stabilizer gel based on butadenacrylate
3) 6)
based on blast furnace slag cement not mentioned

Typically they show highly flowable consistencies which offer a full penetration of the technical
textiles [Bra2002a]. These special properties are achieved by using a small maximum grain size of
dmax = 0.6 mm, high binder contents, and adding different pozzolanic additives and plasticizers. Also,
they are designed with respect to an increased stability of AR-glass rovings. This increase in stability
is attained by selecting appropriate binder systems in which the level of OPC clinker content is
reduced via substitution with blast furnace slag, natural or synthetic pozzolanic materials, such as fly
ash and silica fume. The alkali ion concentration in the pore solution and the calcium hydroxide
content can be reduced substantially using silica fume. The strong reduction in alkalinity is
accountable to the pozzolanic reaction of the silica fume, in the course of which the Ca(OH)2 which is
present in the pore solution of hardened cement paste reacts with the dissolved SiO2 to form the
strength-enhancing calcium silicate hydrate phases. In order to eliminate the calcium hydroxide
completely, more than 25 % by mass of silica fume in relation to the total binder content (cement +
coal fly ash + silica fume) is required in mixtures containing pure OPC, depending on the water-binder
ratio [Sel1982, Zha1991]. The alkali ion and calcium hydroxide content is reduced in comparison to
pure OPC mixtures adding simultaneously silica fume and fly ash. For reasons of workability, the
amount of silica fume added is limited to moderate quantities, however lower than 10 % by mass of
total binder content. It is not possible to achieve a flowable consistency of these mixtures when larger
quantities of silica fume are added.

In addition to the reference mixture (PZ-0899-01), mixture FA-1200-01 was developed for durability
reasons with a very high levels of fly ash (FA-1200-01). A lowered pH-value and Ca(OH)2 amount
lead to an improved durability performance of AR-glass as described in [Rau2002]. Mixture RP-03-2E
was mainly developed for mechanical reasons in order to enhance the service load of TRC elements
[Bra2003b], like e.g. I-sections or U-profiles, which do not only require high tensile but also high
compressive strengths in the compression zone. Due to a high cement and binder content, which is
double compared to the reference mixture, and a low w/b this mixture offers a dense structure and high
strengths. Mixture MF-02-101 is similar to the reference mixture, but instead of adding silica fume,
the influence of metakaolin on the concrete properties was investigated. Mixture alphadur was
developed by Dyckerhoff, hence the matrix composition cannot be given in detail. Anyhow this binder
system is based on blast furnace slag cement. Other mixtures have been developed and can be found in
[Bra2001a, Bra2004c].

Mixture M7, which was developed at Construction Materials Institute, University of Stuttgart,
Germany, for the use in pre-stressed TRC elements, is similar to the mixture PZ-0899-01 (Table 4.2)
in its composition and mainly differs in the max. grain size of dmax = 1.2 mm and a reduced amount of
fines. To gain a high flowability also plasticisers based on polycarboxylate are used. The results of the
fresh and hardened concrete properties are shown in Table 4.8 and Table 4.9.

Also, so-called glass-aggregate concrete has been used mainly for thin sheets prestressed witharamid
fiber mesh [Mey2003, Vil2003a, Vil2003b, Vil2004]. – evtl. section by Ch. Meyer and G. Vilkner

4.2.2 Alternative binder systems Polymer mod ified systems

(M. Raupach, B. Walk-Lauffer)

Polymer modifications of the fine grained binder systems within the research project SFB 532 have
been integrated in the investigations as it is well known, that a polymer modification by film forming
additives enhances the flexural strength of the concrete. Because of the small diameter of the dispersed
particles (about 100-200 nm) the polymeric dispersions can penetrate into the spacing between the
filaments before the onset of setting of concrete. Also, the bonding of matrix and reinforcement is
influenced by the polymers (Section xy; bond).

After a screening was carried out, the most effective polymer dispersion was chosen for further
investigation. The characteristics of this polymer are shown in Table 4.3.

Table 4.3. Specifications of the favourite polymer dispersion [Wal2003].

Chemical base Solid content pH-value Particle diameter MFT1)
- wt.-% - µm °C
Methyl-methacrylatebutyl-copolymer 52 7.5 0.15 14
minimum film forming temperature
The matrix composition of the polymer modified fine concrete mixture PZ-PM-20 is shown in
Table 4.4. It is based on the mixture PZ-0899-01 (table 1.2), but 20 wt.- % of polymer in regard to the
binder were added. The proportions of the materials were kept equal just like the w/b. The mass of the
added polymer was taken into account by redistributing it proportionately to the masses of the other
components. These matrices also offer a high chemical resistance as described in [Wal2003]. Alternative ce ment systems

Table 4.4 shows an overview of polymer modified and alternative matrix compositions as being based
on phosphate cements, CAC or as produced by the addition of short-fibres. The details of the matrix
systems used industrially usually are not published, therefore information on these matrix
compositions in most cases is not complete.

Table 4.4. Matrix compositions of alternative binder systems developed in industry and research
Materials Polymer Alternative Short fibres
PZ-PM-20 CAC DP-0101-01 RP-03-3AR
SFB 532 SFB 532 SFB 532 SFB 532
cement c 430 700 600 980
cement type CEM I 52.5 CAC 42.5 CEM III/B 42.5 CEM I 52.5
ready made mixture 300
by Durapact4)
fly ash f kg/m³ 154 210
silica fume s 31 210
metakaolin m - -

binder (c+f+s+m) 615 700 1400
1) 1)
plasticizer 1.0 2.0 2.5
polymers 20 - -
% of

stabilizer binder 0.25
AR-glass short fibres - 3
siliceous fines
0-0.125 mm 438 520 101

siliceous sand
0.2-0.6 mm 626 740 864 145
0-0.6 mm
0.6-1.2 mm
water kg/m³ 245 280 346 350

w/c 0.57 0.40 0.58 0.36

w/b = w/(c+f+s) 0.40 0.40 0.40 0.25
1) 4)
powder plasticizer type see patent specification
2) 5)
stabilizer gel based on butadenacrylate
3) 6)
based on blast furnace slag cement not mentioned

Phosphate cements (J. Wastiels)

In recent years, phosphate cements have been developed as alternative binders for glass fibre
reinforced composites. These cements are acidic in nature when fresh, and pH-neutral after hardening.
An important drawback is their inherent fast setting properties, which make them unsuitable for other
than repair applications. A specific formulation has however been developed, which is sufficiently
retarded without losing durability: inorganic phosphate cement or IPC [ref1 HPFRCC – reference is
missing]. This cement consist of a powder and a liquid component: the powder is a calcium silicate,
which reacts with the metal phosphates in the liquid component. Its rheology (low viscosity of 4000
mPas) allows the use as matrix material for glass fibre composites. Ordinary E-glass can be used, since
it is not attacked by the matrix [ref 2 M&S – reference is missing].

Calcium aluminate cements (CAC)

Within the research project SFB 532 some alternative binder systems based on calcium aluminate
cements have been investigated. A representative matrix composition is shown in Table 4.4. The
investigations on CAC [Bra2001b] have shown the suitability of CAC as binder for TRC in principle,
but the investigations within the SFB 532 have not been carried on to a great extent as the mixtures
were very difficult in practical handling due to a rather complex mixing procedure and high accuracy
requirements for dosage of plasticiser and stabiliser. Even though some of the mixtures based on CAC

showed an improved durability performance of AR-glass as verified with SIC-tests (Section 6.3) and
offer high early strengths as wanted for industrial production processes, their rapid setting behaviour
as well as the lack of stable, yet highly flowable consistencies, were of great disadvantage for the
practical use within any production processes. Further research on CAC based binder systems might
lead to optimised matrix compositions with a better practical use for TRC applications. Short-fibre re inforced matrices

Within the research project SFB 532 in addition to mixture RP-03-2E ultra high performance matrices
have been developed with the addition of short AR-glass fibres, see mixture RP-03-3AR as
representative mixture in Table 4.4. The fresh concrete characteristics as well as mechanical, fracture
mechanical and deformation properties like compressive and flexural strength, the Young’s modulus,
shrinkage, fracture energy have been determined and are represented in Sections4.5 and 4.6.

As already mentioned above short-fibre reinforce matrices are well-known for GRC, where the short
fibres are used as the only reinforcement material. Short-fibres are also used in combination with
technical textiles already for some industrial application, but unfortunately usually matrix composition
and the characteristics of the matrix as single component are not published. Therefore no further
information was available for short-fibre reinforced matrices used in combination with TRC.

4.3 Experimental techniques - fresh concrete properties

4.3.1 Air content and density

The air content and density of the fresh concrete is determined according to German Standard for
mortars [DIN 18555-2 09.82].

4.3.2 Workability by flow and flow time

The test methods are usually carried out in combination. Using only one single test method might not
offer significant results as fine grained concrete mixtures with a similar flow may vary in flow time
significantly. Still flow time is not measured if the consistency of the mixtures is regarded poor
already by flow.

The flow of the fresh concrete is determined according to German Standard for mortars [DIN 18555-2
09.82]. The fresh concrete is filled in a slump cone (Fig. 4.1) and the flow is measured on a
horizontally aligned glass plate. Before testing, the glass plate and the inner surface of the cone are
moistened. To measure the flow the cone is centred on the glass plate, filled with the fresh concrete
and then levelled off. Then the cone is lifted slowly and the concrete can flow without any
compaction. The flow then is measured 10 and 30 minutes after mixing. Mean values are taken from
two measurements and are given in mm.

Fig. 4.1. Flow, dimensions of cone.

The flow time is measured according to consistency test methods for self compacting concrete. A V-
shaped funnel (Fig. 4.2), standing tight and being fixed in horizontal direction, is filled with the fresh
concrete. The bottom is kept closed until the fine grained concrete is completely filled in and leveled
off. As soon as the outlet is opened the time that the concrete needs to flow through the funnel is
measured i.e. time is stopped when the flow of the concrete is interrupted. The flow time is determined
10 and 30 minutes after mixing and results are given in 0.1 seconds.

Fig. 4.2. Flow time, dimensions of V-shaped funnel.

4.3.3 Rheology measurements

In order to optimise the mechanical performance of composites produced by the pultrusion technique
(Section 5.5.1) the rheology properties should be highly considered. The rheology properties were
conducted on the fresh cement paste mixes with various contents of fly ash, using a Brookefield
Rheometer. The shear rate was varied during the tests ranging from a higher rpm value (20) at the start
to a lower value (10).

Four different matrix formulations consisting of three percentages of class F fly ash along with a
control sample were used. The fly ash was used as replacement of the cement as presented in
Table 4.5. In all cases 5 % of silica fume was used and the water/binder ratio by weight was 0.375.

Table 4.5. The mix design (by volume) with the different fly ash contents.
Mix ID Mix design Cement c Fly ash f Silica fume s w/c
% % % -
A Control 95 % 0
B 40 % fly ash 55 % 40 %
5% 0.375
C 60 % fly ash 35 % 60 %
D 80 % fly ash 15 % 80 %
Other investigations regarding rheological properties have been carried out using a rotary viscometer
(Viskomat NT) within the SFB 532, Aachen University. The mixtures PZ-0899-01, HZ-1000-01, FA-
1200-01, FA-1200-11 as shown in Table 4.2 were examined in terms of their rheological
characteristics with a rotary viscometer. The flow curves were measured at different shear rates
(rotational speed) as 25 min with 120 rpm, and afterwards with a rotational speed of 80, 40, and 20
rpm respectively for 1 min each. The viscosity η was derived to evaluate the consistency. Also, a
correlation with flow and flow time was investigates as well as information about the stability of the
mixtures was gained.

4.4 Experimental techniques – hardened concrete properties

Usually only the basic mechanical properties are determined to characterise the matrices used
in TRC, i.e. compressive and tensile strengths, Young’s modulus, and shrinkage. Further
investigations are then usually carried out on the textile reinforced elements. Within the research
project SFB 532 extensive investigations on the mechanical properties of the fine grained matrices as
single component have been carried out. The objective was to investigate size effects and to
investigate the fracture behaviour and to derive material relations such as s-e curves for compression
and tension as well as s-w curves to describe the softening behaviour which was found to be different
than for ordinary concrete. Even though these investigations do not give direct information on the
structural behaviour of the composite TRC, some of those investigation where input parameters for
numerical analysis or dimensioning TRC structures are presented here.

4.4.1 Basic mechanical properties Compressive and flexural strength

The basic mechanical properties like the compressive strength and the flexural strength have been
determined according to German Standard [DIN 18555-3 09.82] using specimens with the dimensions
40 x 40 x 160 mm³. A sealed storage, or water storage respectively (noted in the tables and diagrams),
was chosen at a temperature of 20 °C and the specimens were tested at a concrete age of 2, 7, 28, 90
and 360 days. Additional testing ages are noted in the tables and diagrams. Dynamic mod ulus of elasticity

The dynamic elastic modulus is determined at a testing age of 2, 7, 28, 90, and 360 days using
concrete specimens with the dimension 40 x 40 x 160 mm³. A sealed storage, or water storage
respectively (noted in the tables and diagrams), was chosen at a temperature of 20 °C. The dynamic

elastic modulus is determined either on the base of velocity of ultrasound waves (Steinkamp) or
resonant frequency measurements. Static Young´ s modulus (compression)

The Young´s modulus under compression is determined according to German Standard [DIN 1048-5
06.91] using cylindrical specimens with a diameter of d = 50 mm and a height of h = 100 mm. A
sealed storage at a temperature of 20 °C was chosen. Carbonation
The concrete prisms (20 x 40 x 160 mm) were stored at a temperature of 20 °C and 65 % R.H.. Slices
of the concrete were split at different testing ages and the internal surface of the slice was sprayed with
a phenolphthalein solution to reveal the non carbonated core. The depth of carbonation, as indicated
by the pink colour, was measured on all sides of the slice and averaged for each specimen. Shrinkage
Shrinkage is measured using prismatic specimens with the dimensions 40 x 40 x 160 mm³ according
to German Standard [DIN 52450 08.85]. These specimens are stored continuously at a temperature of
20 °C and 65 % R.H.. Alkalinity of pore solution

In order to assess the alkaline environment of the selected binder systems, pore water was forced out
of the cement paste or fine grained concrete matrix at the testing age of 28 days (sealed storage) under
high pressure and subjected to chemical analysis. Determined characteristics include (alkali-)ion
concentration and the pH value of the pore solution.

4.4.2 Further experiments on the mechanical characteristics

Further experiments have been carried out for selected matrices only in order to determine fracture
mechanical parameters and to derive the σ-ε-curve under compression and tension and to derive the
softening behaviour as σ-w-curve. σ-ε curve und er compression

In the research project detailed investigations are carried out to determine the σ-ε-curve under
compression and to investigate possible size effects. For this reason even very small sized specimens
have been investigated, as these were considered to be more representative in respect to the
applications of TRC elements which often show a wall thickness of d = 10 mm only.

The σ-ε-curve and the corresponding compressive strength as well as the Young´s modulus were
determined for cubic specimens of different side lengths d = 10, 20, and 40 mm with a slenderness λ =
1, 2, and 4 each. To meet the accuracy requirements of such small sized specimens precise formworks
are used. The accuracy was verified with a co-ordinate measuring technique using separately produced
small sized specimens. Furthermore a suitable testing method to determine the compressive strength of
such small sized specimens had to be developed and e.g. special gauge blocks were designed to assure
centric loading of the specimens in the middle of the base plate. These developments are described in
detail in [Bra2003a].

The compressive tests presented in this paper are carried out on a universal testing machine
INSTRON 5587 controlled by cross-head displacement at different rates according to the tested

specimen dimensions (e.g. 1.4 mm/min for specimen dimensions of d = 40 mm and λ = 2). Hence, the
testing duration is 60 - 90 seconds. The strain is recorded as mean value from three strain gauges fixed
at the specimen sides excluding the casting side. Tensile streng th and Young’s modulus in tension

The tensile strength ft and the corresponding Young´s modulus are determined with uniaxial tension
tests on a universal testing machine INSTRON 5566. This test is controlled by cross-head
displacement at a rate of 0.01 mm/min. Dog-bone shaped specimens as shown in Fig. 4.3 are used
with a uniform cross-section of 12.5 x 25 mm² within the measuring length of 25 mm of the strain
gauges. Special gauge blocks were used for centring the specimens during gluing on the loading plates
as a rigid support is chosen for this experiment.

d = 12.5 15




25 [mm]

Fig. 4.3. Tensile test – test configuration and specimen dimensions. 3-point bend test

The 3-point bending test is carried out to gain complete load-displacement curves and the fracture
energy Gf which is defined as area under the load-displacement curve, related to the projected cross-
section. These results are used for further FE-analysis as well as analytical models with the aim to
derive a σ-w curve to describe the softening behaviour. These σ-w curves will then be used for
numerical simulation and dimensioning of structural TRC elements. Until testing at a concrete age of
28 days and additional testing ages (noted in the tables and diagrams) at a temperature of 20 °C a
sealed storage, or water storage respectively (noted in the tables and diagrams) is chosen. Specimens
with the dimensions 40 x 40 x 240 mm³ and a notch depth a = 10 mm as shown in Fig. 4.4 are used for
the 3-point-bending test. Before testing the notches are sawn by means of a diamond saw with a
thickness of 2 mm. The displacement (displacement u in the middle of the concrete beam, see Fig. 4.4)
controlled 3-point-bending tests are carried out at a rate of 0.015 mm/min [Bra2002a].


l s=200 [mm]
Fig. 4.4. 3-point bending test (notched) for fine grained concrete [Bro2001].

4.5 Results - fresh concrete properties

4.5.1 Fresh concrete properties

Table 4.6 shows the fresh concrete properties as air content, density, flow and flow time of the mineral
based binder systems, while shows the fresh concrete properties for the polymer modified binder
systems as well as alternative binder systems as described in Sections 4.2.2 and

Table 4.6. Fresh concrete properties of mineral based matrices.

Fresh concrete properties Mineral based matrices

PZ-0899-01 FA-1200-01 RP-03-2E alphadur MF-02-101 M7
SFB 532 SFB 532 SFB 532 SFB 532 SFB 532 Reinhardt
air content Vol.-% 0.4 1.3 1.0 2.1 1.1 n.d.
density kg/m³ 2239 2112 2140 2290 2090 2280
flow f10min mm 340 266 305 350 330 270
flow f30min mm 340 263 320 290 320 265
flow time t10min sec 6.5 4.4 7.0 17.5 3.1 8.0
flow time t30min sec 7.2 4.8 9.0 83.0 3.9 10.0
not determined

Table 4.7. Fresh concrete properties of alternative matrices.

Fresh concrete properties Alternative cement systems Short fibres
PZ-PM-20 CAC DP-0101-01 IPC RP-03-3AR
SFB 532 SFB 532 SFB 532 Wastiels SFB 532
air content Vol.-% 3.1 2.8 2.0 n.d. 3.0
density kg/m³ 2060 2296 2050 1900 2055
flow f10min mm 350 270 150 320 242
flow f30min mm n.d. n.p. 180 310 245
flow time t10min sec n.d. 7.8 3.8 n.d. 3.7
flow time t30min sec n.d. n.p. 4.7 n.d. 4.7
not possible to determine

4.5.2 Rheology measurements

The rheology properties of cement pastes with various contents of fly ash were studied by Brookefield
Rheometer. This was to better design the workability of the fresh mixture for the pultrusion process.

The mixture for the pultrusion process should be sufficiently fluid to enable the fabric to transfer
through the cement slurry but dense enough so that it will remain on the fabric when it leaves the
cement bath.

Fig. 4.5 shows a plot of shear strength as a function of the shear rate obtained by this method. Under
the assumptions that the behaviour of the materials can be idealised as a Bingham material, at each
level of fly ash use, the slope of the line represents the viscosity, and the intercept represents the yield
strength. The results in the plot indicate that the viscosity of the control samples increases as the levels
of fly ash increased, indicating that the presence of fly ash causes a higher level of adhesion within the
paste mixture. The yield strength of the sample decreases with the addition of fly ash. This may result
a better penetrate the fabric and develop a better bond strength due to filling of the voids and interfaces
within the fabric, of high fly ash content mixtures. The intercept of the lines in this Fig. 4.5 represent
the shear strength. It is observed that as the fly ash content is increased, the shear strength is
decreased, and the bonding characteristics of the fresh mixture are therefore decreased.

40% Fly ash
60% Fly ash
Shear Strength, dyne/cm2

80% Fly ash



3 4 5 6 7
Shear Rate, 1/sec

Fig. 4.5. Shear strength vs. shear rate plots for various levels of fly ash.

It was the objective of the examination with a viscometer to evaluate the fine grained binder systems
in terms of their rheological properties. From the measurements, as described above, a flow curve can
be derived and rheological characteristics like the viscosity and workability of the mixtures have been
evaluated. A correlation between the viscosity and flow and flow time has been derived. In contrast to
the investigations, as described above, not cement pastes but the fine grained binder systems including
aggregates have been investigated. Furthermore, another shear rate was chosen and therefore the
results of these testing series, especially values of shear strength and viscosity, cannot be compared
directly. In Fig. 4.6 the results are shown using different indexes than in Fig. 4.5, but still the slope of
the flow curves gives the viscosity η.

shear stress [Nmm]
25 η = 0.204

20 PZ-0899-01
η = 0.179
10 η = 0.135

5 FA-1200-11
η = 0.056
0 20 40 60 80 100 120
shear rate [Nmm]

Fig. 4.6. Flow curves of fine grained concrete.

A comparison of the flow curves shows that the mixtures FA-1200-01 and FA-1200-11 with a high
amount of fly ash offer the lowest viscosity and thus the better flowability. Mixture FA-1200-11
shows the lower viscosity despite of its higher silica fume content (20 % by mass of binder content).
Apparently, a high silica fume content in combination with extremely high fly ash does not lead to a
reduced workability, the used mix proportions of 30 % by mass cement, 20 % by mass silica fume,
and 50 % by mass of the total binder content rather provide an advantegeous grading of the fines that
lead to a higher flowability. The mixtures PZ-0899-01 and HZ-1000-01 solely differ in the cement
type. The flow curves in Fig. 4.6 indicate that a higher fineness of grain of the OPC (CEM I 52.5)
leads to a lower viscosity and has a positive influence on the workability of the fine grained concrete.

The results as presented in Section 4.5.1indicate that there is no clear correlation between the acquired
values of flow and flow time. For equal flow spreads, very different flow times were measured.
However, a high flow spread in combination with a short flow indicates a high flowability.
Measurements carried out with the rotary viscometer should show if rheological values like the
viscosity provide further information about the consistency.

Correlation between the flow time t10min and the viscosity η are presented in Fig. 4.7 and indicate a
linear behaviour. The viscosity increases with increasing flow time. However, further examinations
are required to confirm the results, but it can probably assumed that different flowabilities of the fine
grained concrete mixtures can be determined in a way just as well as with the viscosity measurements
with the less complex test method of flow time. Concerning the flow a clear correlation with the
viscosity could not be determined.

viscosity η in Nmm*min



0.10 PZ-0899-01
0.05 FA-1200-01

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
flow time f10min in sec

Fig. 4.7. Correlation flow time – viscosity.

A possible sedimentation of the mixtures initially was estimated visually, but could not be quantified.
Hence further tests with the viscosimeter were carried out to measure a possible sedimentation. For
these tests the immersion depth of the mixing paddle was varied. Measurements with a standard
immersion depth (215 mm = height 0) and a reduced immersion depth (175 mm = height 1) were
carried out. Using the standard immersion depth leads to stirring of the whole volume of mixture
during testing, which retards sedimentation. When using the lower immersion depth not the complete
mixture volume might be stirred and sedimentation might not be retarded anymore, which will lead to
different shear stresses. In Fig. 4.8 curves are shown for both immersion depth for two mixtures,
which differ in their stability. The mixture DP-0101-01 was chosen, as it offers a very stable
consistency, while mixture PZ-0899-01oSF. The measured viscosity h is in a similar range for mixture
DP-0101-01 for both immersion depth, which approves of the high stability in consistency. For
mixture PZ-0899-01oSF there is a significant increase in viscosity for the lower immersion depth,
which indicates that there is sedimentation. This testing method such offers the evaluation of demixing
tendencies if the same measurement profile and mixtures comparable in production process are used.

shear stress in Nmm



20 PZ-0899-01 oSF DP-0101-01

paddle depth h0 paddle depth h0


5 DP-0101-01, paddle depth h1

0 PZ-0899-01 oSF
paddle depth h1
0 20 40 60 80 100 120
shear rate in U/min

Fig. 4.8. Stability of the mixtures - variation of immersion depth of paddle.


Other rheological investigation have been carried out in Stuttgart, using a viscosimeter (Visco-Corder,
Fa. Brabender) and are described in [Krü2004, Fre2000]. These investigations also have shown that
the addition of fly ash and silica fume lead to more suitable rheological properties than the use of lime
stone powder. In general, it was found, that the use of fly ash leads to an improved workability and
also offers suitable mechanical properties. As the fly ash properties show a high scatter depending on
the production process and other aspects, initial tests may be carried out to investigate the influence on
the rheological properties.

4.6 Results - hardened concrete properties

4.6.1 Basic mechanical properties

Table 4.8 and Table 4.9 show the basic mechanical properties such as compressive and flexural
strength, dynamic modulus of elasticity, static Young’s modulus (compression), shrinkage and
carbonation determined for the mineral based as well as alternative mixtures.

Table 4.8. Basic mechanical properties of the mineral based matrices.

Hardened concrete Testing
Mineral based binder systems
properties age [d]
PZ-0899-01 FA-1200-01 RP-03-2E alphadur MF-02-101 M7 R1 R2-17 Pultrusion
SFB 532 SFB 532 SFB 532 SFB 532 SFB 532 Reinhardt SFB 528 SFB 528 Peled?
Compressive strength sealed sealed sealed water, 20 °C water, 20 °C water, 20 °C 20°C, 65 %R.H. 20°C, 65 %R.H.
N/mm² 2 33 10 53 n.d. 31 n.d. n.d. n.d.
7 48 15 75 84 54 70 n.d. n.d.
28 74 32 98 90 66 90 89 68
90 89 46 108 117 74 100 104 75
360 92 n.d. 112 n.d. 88 n.d. n.d. n.d.
Flexural tensile strength sealed sealed sealed water, 20 °C water, 20 °C water, 20 °C
N/mm² 2 5.6 2.7 4.8 n.d. 5.4 n.d. n.d. n.d.
7 6.1 3.7 7.2 20.1 8.1 9.5 n.d. n.d.
28 7.6 5.1 8.1 21.0 9.2 12.5 5.5 5.30
90 8.1 6.7 9.4 21.9 9.7 12.5 6.2 5.1
360 8.4 n.d. 9.3 n.d. 9.3 n.d. n.d. n.d.
Dynamic modulus of elasticity sealed sealed sealed water, 20 °C water, 20 °C - - -
N/mm² 2 23500 14800 23900 n.d. 24300 n.d. n.d. n.d.
7 27200 20000 28100 38700 29100 n.d. n.d. n.d.
28 29500 27200 30200 38800 30400 n.d. n.d. n.d.
90 28400 30000 31000 40900 30900 n.d. n.d. n.d.
360 29800 n.d. 31500 n.d. 33900 n.d. n.d. n.d.
Static Young's modulus sealed sealed sealed - - -
N/mm² 28 33000 24800 26500 n.d. n.d. n.d. 21200 18600
Shrinkage 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. - -
mm/m 2 0.20 0.17 0.60 0.23 0.16 n.d. n.d. n.d.
7 0.54 0.48 1.22 0.35 0.49 0.20 n.d. n.d.
28 0.81 0.56 1.47 0.50 0.60 0.30 n.d. n.d.
90 0.98 0.60 1.73 0.63 0.63 n.d. n.d. n.d.
360 1.01 n.d. 2.04 0.70 0.65 n.d. n.d. n.d.
Carbonation 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. - - -
mm 2 0.7 0.9 n.d. 0.2 0.8 n.d. n.d. n.d.
7 1.1 2.8 0.6 0.8 1.4 n.d. n.d. n.d.
28 1.9 6.1 0.8 1.0 2.2 n.d. n.d. n.d.
90 2.5 8.3 0.9 1.1 3.7 n.d. n.d. n.d.
360 3.8 n.d. 1.4 1.0 6.0 n.d. n.d. n.d.
n.d. - not determined

Table 4.9. Basic mechanical properties of alternative binder systems.
Hardened concrete Testing Polymer Alternative binder systems Short fibres
properties age [d] modified
PZ-PM-20 CAC DP-0101-01 IPC RP-03-3AR
SFB 532 SFB 532 SFB 532 SFB 532
Compressive strength 1) water, 20 °C water, 20 °C water, 20 °C sealed
N/mm² 2 15 56 15 39 52
7 22 83 48 52 74
28 35 96 63 68 94
90 42 96 89 80 94
360 49 82 89 n.d. 99
Flexural bending strength 1) water, 20 °C water, 20 °C water, 20 °C sealed
N/mm² 2 4.1 8.6 3.8 6.5 17.2
7 5.6 11.7 6.4 7.5 17.8
28 10.9 11.9 6.9 8.1 19.4
90 12.8 10.7 11.5 10.5 18.1
360 13.9 9.3 12.8 n.d. 18.7
Dynamic modulus of elasticity 1) water, 20 °C water, 20 °C sealed
N/mm² 2 19200 n.d. 16400 n.d. 31500
7 24500 34800 23400 24700
28 28300 34900 28100 26800
90 28500 36100 29600 26600
360 28700 36900 31500 25900
Static Young's modulus - - - - sealed
N/mm² 28 n.d. n.d. n.d. n.d. 21200
Shrinkage 20 °C, 65 R.H20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H.
mm/m 2 n.d. 0.48 0.75 0.02 0.66
7 0.07 0.83 1.75 0.40 1.21
28 0.50 0.95 2.00 1.40 1.40
90 0.82 1.01 2.32 10.50 1.53
360 0.99 1.08 2.45 n.d. 1.63
Carbonation 20 °C, 65 R.H20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H. 20 °C, 65 R.H.
mm 2 n.d. n.d. 0.5 This mixture n.d.
7 n.d. 0.8 1.4 does not 0.3
28 n.d. 1.7 3.3 show 1.0
90 n.d. 2.0 4.5 carbonation. 1.4
360 n.d. 3.3 8.6 n.d.
2 d 23 °C/95 R.H., until 7 d water storage (20 °C), then 23 °C/95 R.H.

For selected mixtures the time dependent development of the flexural tensile strength and shrinkage
are shown in Fig. 4.9 and Fig. 4.10 respectively.

flexural tensile strength in N/mm² flexural tensile strength in N/mm²
25.0 25.0
20.0 RP-03-2E 20.0
15.0 R1* 15.0

10.0 10.0
5.0 5.0 CAC
0.0 0.0
2 7 28 90 360 2 7 28 90 360

a) age in days
b) age in days

Fig. 4.9. Flexural tensile strength for a) mineral based, and b) alternative matrices.

shrinkage in mm/m shrinkage in mm/m

3.0 3.0
PZ-0899-01 PZ-PM-20
FA-1200-01 CAC
2.5 2.5
RP-03-2E DP-0101-01
alphadur RP-03-3AR
2.0 MF-02-101 2.0
1.5 1.5

1.0 1.0

0.5 0.5

0.0 0.0
2 7 28 90 360 2 7 28 90 360

a) age in days
b) age in days

Fig. 4.10. Shrinkage of tensile strength for a) mineral based, and b) alternative matrices.

The mechanical properties of the mineral based mixtures (Table 4.2) cover a wide range for the
different concrete mixtures. For example, the compressive strengths as listed in Table 4.8 range from
32 to 98 N/mm² at a testing age of 28 days. Similar variations can be observed for the flexural tensile
strength as well as the Young’s modulus. The alternative binder systems (Table 4.4) also show a wide
range of the mechanical properties like e.g. the compressive strength, which ranges between 35 and
96 N/mm² at a concrete age of 28 days. Comparably high flexural strength (about 12 N/mm²) are
obtained for the polymermodified systems as well as for calcium aluminate cements. Higher flexural
strength (about 20 N/mm²) can only be achieved by the addition of short fibres (Table 4.9).

Furthermore, rather high shrinkage strains between 0.30 and 1.47 mm/m are observed for the mineral
based mixtures as well as alternative binder systems (Table 4.8 and Table 4.9). Extremely high
shrinkage strains (> 2.0 mm/m) were obtained for the phosphate cements as well as for mixture DP-
0101-01 (which shows positive durability aspects by a low pH values, but unsuitable consistency as
well as too high shrinkage strains). In principal, large shrinkage strains should be avoided and those
mixtures with high shrinkage strains should still be modified to reduce the shrinkage strains. Still, for
most mixtures the shrinkage strains are higher in comparison to ordinary concrete of similar strengths
and hence, have to be taken into account for chosing the right mixture for the planned application. For
chosing a suitable mixture, all mechanical, fracture mechanical, deformation and durability properties
should be taken into account for the planned application.

43 Alkalinity of pore solution
In contrast to steel reinforcement, the corrosion mechanisms of the AR-glass reinforcement are
hampered at a low alkaline pore solution and thus for TRC a low pH value is preferable. Such
durability aspects and corrosion mechanisms of AR-glass and other reinforcement materials are
described in more detail in Section 6.3

Table 4.10 shows the results of chemical analysis of pore solution pressed out from cement pastes of
selected mixtures according to Table 4.2.

Table 4.10. Chemical analysis of pore solution.

Mixture Na+ K+ Ca2+ SO42- Cl- OH- pH-value
mmol/l -
PZ-0899-01 64 138 1 13 < 0.7 194 13.5
FA-1200-01 42 107 1 1 0.7 136 13.3
RP-03-2E no pore solution could be pressed out, due to low w/b
alpha-dur 70 41 27 29 33 11 12.2
MF-02-101 77 122 1 3 0.5 191 13.1
DP-0101-01 42 23 9 24 2.7 n.d. 11.6
CAC 31 32 0.2 0.5 0.4 56 12.7
IPC 4 1 1 2 1.2 0 8.2
Table 4.10 shows that the pH value of all mineral based mixtures is between 11.6 and 13.5, only for
the phosphate cement IPC a significantly lower pH value of 8.2 is achieved. Even though some of
these mixtures offer positive durability aspects regarding corrosion mechanisms of AR-glass
reinforcement, also the fresh concrete properties as well as mechanical properties should be taken into
account for chosing a suitable mixture for production and application. Also note, that for other
reinforcing materials like carbon, aramide or coated materials the pH value may become irrelevant in
regard to corrosion mechanisms.

4.6.2 Further experiments on mechanical properties σ-w curve un der compression

Compressive tests have been carried out for selected mixtures (PZ-0899-01, FA-1200-01, RP-03-2E)
using small sized-specimens as listed in Table 4.11 to determine the σ-ε curve and derive the
corresponding mechanical parameters, such as the compressive strength σc, the Young´s modulus Ec,
and strain at ultimate load ε(σc,max) taking into account possible size effects. The investigations on the
accuracy of such small sized specimens according to the specimen lengths, plane parallelism and
evenness, were carried with the co-ordinate measuring technique as described in detail in [Bra2003a,
Bra2004a]. Anyhow, the accuracy requirements were met by all specimens. A reliable and centric
loading is also indicated by the typical fracture patterns of the small-sized specimens which failed in
the form of two truncated pyramids joined at their small bases (Fig. 4.11). The observed crack pattern
is typical for concrete and is caused by hindrance of transversal strain due to friction between the
concrete specimen and pressure plates of the testing machine [DIN EN 12390-3 04.02]. Anyhow, the
fracture patterns indicate that there is no significant influence on the fracture behaviour due to
imprecision of the casting side, or any of the measured inaccuracies regarding evenness and plane
parallelism [Bra2003a].

10 mm 10 mm

a) Cube d = 10 and 20 mm, h/d = 1 b) Prism d = 20 mm, h/d = 2

Fig. 4.11. Typical fracture patterns [Bra2003a].

In Fig. 4.12 the σ-ε curves are shown exemplary for the specimens with a slenderness λ = 4, as there is
the least influence friction and tranverse strain hindrance, for the mixtures PZ-0899-01, FA-1200-01,
and RP-03-2E. The results of the mechanical parameters derived from these σ-ε curves, i.e.
compressive strength σc, Young´s modulus Ec, and strain at ultimate load ε(σc,max), are listed in
Table 4.11 as mean value of the tested specimens for the mixtures PZ-0899-01, FA-1200-01 and RP-
03-2E for sealed storage at 20 °C and a testing age of 28 days.

compressive stress σc in N/mm²

140 d = 10 mm RP-03-2E

120 d = 20 mm
100 d = 40 mm
20 FA-1200-01
0.00 1.00 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 6.00 7.00 8.00
strain ε in mm/m

Fig. 4.12. σ-ε curves in compression, mixtures PZ-0899-01, FA-1200-01, and RP-03-2E.

Table 4.11. Results of compressive tests
Specimen λ2) PZ-0899-01 FA-1200-01 RP-03-2E
b x d x l 1) σc Ec ε(σc,max) σc Ec ε(σc,max) σc Ec ε(σc,max)
o o o
mm³ - N/mm² N/mm² /oo N/mm² N/mm² /oo N/mm² N/mm² /oo
10 x 10 x 10 1 93.99 - - 42.74 - - 146.91 - -
20 x 20 x 20 94.56 28400 5.736 43.44 15200 5.157 150.27 25700 6.274
40 x 40 x 40 101.18 30400 5.296 44.88 20600 5.168 152.96 28200 6.766
10 x 10 x 20 2 98.90 33600 4.879 47.54 23800 3.820 156.81 28400 7.443
20 x 20 x 40 95.09 30400 5.698 39.75 22600 4.436 153.15 28600 6.816
40 x 40 x 80 89.58 30600 5.485 37.52 22100 3.979 154.24 28900 6.849
10 x 10 x 40 4 77.34 32500 3.870 43.12 21700 4.248 135.24 29200 4.887
20 x 20 x 80 89.13 31100 4.949 38.15 22600 3.375 127.58 28300 5.342
40 x 40 x 160 87.37 31400 4.851 36.51 21900 3.316 143.10 28400 6.276
l – length, b – width, d – thickness of specimen
l – slenderness

Considering the results presented in Table 4.11 no significant size effect for the different specimen
dimension can be observed. Compared to ordinary concrete, where concrete cubes with an increasing
side length (d = 200, 400, and 800 mm) may show a reduction in compressive strength of up to 50 %,
only a slight decrease in compressive strength with increasing specimen size is observed for
specimens with λ = 2, but this is within the scatter of results.

In previous investigations the compressive strength of the fine grained concrete has been determined
using specimen sizes with a thickness d = 40 mm according to standardised testing methods for
mortars [DIN 18555-3 09.82]. However, material properties determined on these specimens might
differ significantly from the stress-strain relations evaluated on much thinner structures (d ≈ 10 mm)
under practical conditions due to size effects. In the classical theories based on plasticity or limit
analysis, the strength of geometrically similar structures is independent of the structure size. But
experimental results show that quasi-brittle materials, like concrete, rocks or ceramics exhibit a
dependence of the nominal stress at ultimate load on the specimen size, the so called size effect.
Different models have been proposed to predict a strength reduction with size increase in concrete
structures, like e.g. pure statistical effects by Weibull´s weakest link theory [Wei1939], the fracture
mechanic size effect law by [Baz1998], and multifractal scaling laws as by [Car1999]. The failure
mode of compressed concrete specimens can be considered as resulting from local tensile
mechanisms, or from a combination of tensile and shear mechanisms, according to the specimen
geometry. Therefore it is the aim of the experiments is to investigate possible size effects on the
compressive strength and the σ-ε-relation of the fine grained concrete. Within the testing programme
size effects due to diffusion based phenomena, like e.g. carbonation, and drying shrinkage, are
negligible as a sealed storage at a constant temperature of 20 °C was chosen. The results presented in
[Bra2003a] show a slight reduction in compressive strength for specimens with a side length d = 40
mm compared to the smaller side lengths, while in the presented investigations no significant size
effect could be observed for the different side lengths of the fine grained concrete specimens. There
are different possible explanations for these results. The so called “wall effect” [Baz1998] describes a
layer of cement paste caused by the concrete formwork and the production process with a reduced
strength at the surface of the specimen. Assuming a similar thickness of this layer for different
specimen sizes a possible strength reduction is more significant for smaller specimen sizes and hence
might have a compensating influence on size effect as described by Weibull [Wei1939]. Another
explanation can be found within the fracture mechanic size effect law of Bazant [Baz2002], which

describes the transition from the theory of strength of materials (for small sizes) to the size effect
predicted by linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM). For sufficiently small sizes, the nominal
strength is proportional to the material strength, and this represents the failure condition of plastic limit
analysis, characterised by no size effect. The fine grained concrete matrix investigated here with a
very small maximum grain size dmax = 0.6 mm and the chosen small specimen sizes might be within
these limits. Therefore it will be the objective of further investigations to analyse specimen sizes
which approach a region of negligible size effects and to enlarge the amount of experiments for
evaluation of the test results on a statistically secured basis. These results can be used to analyse and
describe the size effect of fine grained concrete with appropriate models. Tensile streng th and corresponding Young’s modulus

The values of the tensile strength and the corresponding Young`s modulus, which has been derived
from the load deformation measurements for the mixtures PZ-0899-01, FA-1200-01, and RP-03-2E
have been determined as shown in Table 4.12.

Table 4.12. Tensile strength and Young’s modulus (tension).

Mechanical parameter - PZ-0899-01 FA-1200-01 RP-03-2E
Tensile strength ft N/mm² 4.1 2.6 4.7
Young’s modulus Et N/mm² 32200 24700 26100
The tensile test, as described in Section, is used to determine the input parameters for the
derivation of further fracture mechanical parameters, like e.g. the characteristic length lch as well as
the softening curve of the fine grained binder systems. At the moment further investigations are
carried out on notched and dog-bone shaped specimens to determine complete laod-displacement
curves under tension. Suitable subsequent analysing methods to derive the softening curve as s-w
function are under investigation at present and will be published elsewhere. 3-point bend test

Fig. 4.13 exemplary shows the load-displacement curves for mixtures PZ-0899-01, FA-1200-01, and

load in N

600 28 days
sealed storage, 20 °C
500 notch: d/4 = 10 mm



0.0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4
displacement in mm

Fig. 4.13. Load-displacement curves of 3-point bend test.

The corresponding bending tensile strength ftb and the fracture energy Gf are given in Table 4.13. Also,
the characteristic length lch (Table 4.13) has been determined as follows to evaluate the brittleness of
the material. The Young’s modulus and the tensile strength have been used according to Table 4.12.

EG f
l ch = 2
[mm] (1)

Table 4.13. Fracture mechanical parameters.

Mechanical parameter - PZ-0899-01 FA-1200-01 RP-03-2E
Bending tensile strength ftb N/mm² 4.6 2.7 4.2
Fracture energy Gf Nm 38.1 28.4 18.8
Characteristic length lch mm 73 104 22
The results of the 3-point bend tests regarding the course of the load-displacement curves as well as
the fracture mechanical properties indicate that the considered fine grained concrete matrices show a
different loading capacity as well as fracture behaviour. Mixture RP-03-2E shows a very brittle
fracture behaviour, which is less significant for the mixtures PZ-0899-01 and FA-1200-01. Depending
on the requirements, which will be formulated within further analysis and numerical modelling of the
TRC structures, further development of mixture compositions can be based on these varying mixture

Subsequent numerical analysis to derive the softening behaviour as σ-w function often is carried out
using finite element methods (FEM) and usually is based on Hillerborg`s fictitious crack model (FCM)
[Hil1983, Hil1985]. This is used to describe non-linear fracture behaviour and usually requires a load-
displacement curve obtained from a Mode I stable fracture test like e.g. a 3-point bend test on notched
beams as described above. For a given displacement u in the mid-section of the beam known from the
experiment the corresponding displacements can be calculated by means of FEM when the boundary
conditions are met, i.e. no displacement of the rigid supports. The calculated displacement field also
implies the displacements in the mid-section of the beam in x-direction, and hence in the region of the
fracture zone (Fig. 4.14). The corresponding stress distribution is then derived by applying the
material relations of the concrete. Usually a linear σ-ε relation as defined by the tensile strength ft and
the Young´s modulus E is assumed to describe the pre-cracking behaviour, while a σ-w relation is
chosen to describe the softening behaviour of concrete. By assuming a softening curve the resulting
force Psim can be calculated and compared with the force Pexp known from the experiment for each load
step (load-displacement curve from 3-point bending test). In an iterative fitting process the σ-w
relation is determined such that the numerical simulation of the load-displacement curve and the
experiment show a good agreement.


linear- f(ε)
cohesive stress f(w)
end of
real crack stress transfer

Fig. 4.14. A loaded concrete beam with a crack and a fracture zone.

Apart from the numerical analysis different analytical models, often based on Hillerborg´s FCM, have
been derived in recent years to describe the softening behaviour of concrete. The models proposed by
e.g. [Uch2001, Ulf1990, Ulf1995, Sun1998] all have in common that either by means of FEM or beam
theory the distribution of displacements within the ligament of a concrete beam is calculated. Knowing
these displacements and using the (assumed) σ-w curve allows the derivation of the stress distribution
within the ligament, which finally allows to calculate the force Psim. This output finally is compared
with the experimentally determined force Pexp as already described above for the FE-analysis.

In contrast to these models a new approach is shown in [Bra2004b] where the distribution of
displacements within the ligament of a beam in a 3-point bending test is measured continuously during
testing by a video extensometer and thus already known. Combining the advantages of a step-wise
determination of a multi-linear σ-w relation as proposed by Uchida [Uch2001] and the classical idea
of beam theory, the model allows a straightforward determination of the σ-w-relation. Knowing the
displacements ∆l over the ligament height and applying equilibrium of forces, the determination of the
σ-w relation without the need of using FEM and further optimisation processes is possible.

Fig. 4.15 shows first results of the multi-linear σ-w curves derived with the new model and based on
the results of the 3-point bending test. The derived softening behaviour is compared with σ-w curves
which have been determined by means of FE-analysis. The results of the numerical method are
considered to be reliable as they have been verified for a varying geometry of the concrete specimens
and with numerical simulations of uniaxial tensile tests also [Rau2001]. A comparison of the results of
the softening behaviour approves that the results of the proposed analytical model show a quite
acceptable agreement with known FE methods to derive the tension-softening behaviour of concrete.
To validate these presented results, the proposed model will be enhanced and used for future
investigations. Further mixtures at different testing ages and also possible size effects will be

tensile stress σ [N/mm²]


Proposed model

0.00 0.05 0.10 0.15
crack width w [mm]

Fig. 4.15. σ-w curve derived by FE-analysis and proposed analytical model [Bra2004b].

The need for the determination of the σ-w of fine grained concrete is given as the fine grained
concrete matrices show a different softening behaviour than ordinary concrete, which has been
verified with the numerical analysis. The implementation of mathematical simplifications of σ-w
curves, like e.g. linear, bi-linear, or exponential curves, did not give a good correlation between
experimentally and numerically simulated results. It will be the aim of further investigations to find
more general mathematical solutions of σ–w curves even for the fine grained concrete matrices, which
then can be implemented in further routines to simulate and calculate structural elements of the new
composite material of TRC. Discussion of results

Comparison of matrix properties


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5.1 Introduction
In the past production processes have been developed for glass fibre reinforced concrete
(GRC) i.e. a composite consisting of a fine concrete matrix and short AR-glass fibres and for some
applications with additional continuous rovings and in some cases mats made from randomly
distributed short fibres. For textile reinforced concrete (TRC) the reinforcement is additionally
supplemented or primarily provided by technical textiles like e.g. fabrics, warp knits, etc. and also
two-, and three-dimensional products made from different raw materials, see Chapter 3. Depending on
mixture design, form and size of structure and the planned application different production processes
are used. Characteristic for a production process is the way of bringing together matrix and the
reinforcing materials, which may consist of chopped fibres, rovings, technical textiles or combinations
of these. For small series and under laboratory conditions the different production techniques often are
applied as manual technique.

5.2 Shotcrete (Brameshuber)

5.3 Hand lay-up (Wastiels)

5.3.1 Introduction
The hand lay-up technique is also called contact moulding or hand laminating technique. It is one of
the oldest, simplest and most commonly used manufacturing methods of fibre reinforced composite
materials. Its use with organic resins like polyester or epoxy, and glass fibres, is widespread, and
different products such as boat hulls, wind-turbine blades, aircraft wings, train noses, car and truck
bodies, swimming pools, and even complete minesweepers are manufactured. It is however not
commonly used for cementitious matrix materials. One of the reasons for this is that the reinforcing
fibres must be present in some kind of textile shape, which is not compatible with the traditional
concrete casting technology.

A related manufacturing technique is the so called spray-up technique, where the matrix is projected
on the mould with a spray gun, and the fibres are chopped from a roving by a cutter on the spray gun,
and blown in the matrix jet. The results are quite similar with the hand lay-up technique, but the fibres
are not applied in a textile pre-form.

5.3.2 Processing steps
The typical hand lay-up process consists of the following steps:

(a) Mould preparation

The hand lay-up technique is making use of a mould, which represents the negative image of the
visible outer surface of the product. Since no important pressures are exerted during manufacturing of
the product, this mould can be made in a rather simple way. Common materials are (ply)wood,
silicone or polyurethane rubber, and fibre reinforced composites. In this last case, the mould itself is
usually manufactured by the hand lay-up technique, using the model of the product as mould. Large
moulds can be assembled from different parts, as a formwork. This allows also for a solution for
eventual undercuts, when a hard mould material is used.

The surface aspect of the mould is important, since this will determine the aspect of visible finished
side of the product. In order to assist unmoulding of the product after hardening, a release film is
applied to the mould surface prior to laminating, usually by application of a release agent. The precise
application is depending on the type of release agent, and is described in the technical manual of the

(b) Gel coating

When a smooth surface appearance of the product is required, a thin layer of specially formulated
matrix may be applied. This layer is usually thickened to obtain a gel like behaviour: in this way, it
will cover the mould surface evenly, also on non horizontal portions. Additives may be used for
colouring the surface, or for making it harder or more impervious. By applying a gel coat, the fibres
will not be visible in the surface, and they will be better protected from environmental influences.
Application of a gel coat is standard for polymer matrix composites, but not for cement matrix

(c) Hand lay-up

A suitable amount of matrix material is spread evenly over the mould, over which a fibrous textile is
positioned, after which the air bubbles are worked out and the textile is completely wetted by using
brushes or de-airing rollers. As an alternative, the fibrous textile may be wetted by the matrix outside
the mould, especially when the shape of the product is rather complex. This process is repeated as
many times as needed to obtain the required thickness.

(d) Finishing
After the composite is allowed to harden sufficiently, it is unmoulded, and any machining (openings,
trimming) or assembly can be performed. Eventually post-curing can be executed.

5.3.3 Advantages and disadvantages

Generally speaking, the advantages of the hand lay-up technique lie in the simple fabrication
technology, requiring only a low capital investment, and in the possibility of manufacturing large,
rather complex shaped products. Disadvantages are the low production rate and thus high labour
content, and the required skills to keep the product quality within acceptable limits of variation.
Although the spray-up variant is faster, this production technology is mostly adequate for small series
or unique realisations of rather large products with a moderately to high complexity.

For cement matrix composites, there is one important specific advantage over many other production
techniques: the fibre volume fraction which can be obtained is sufficiently high to obtain a multiple

cracking regime after matrix tensile failure, leading to dramatically improved energy absorption,
together with an eventually markedly increased tensile strength. Besides the fact that the production
technique is not belonging to the traditional concrete technology, there are however also two specific
disadvantages: firstly, the rheology of fresh cement – consisting of a dense suspension of particles –
requires an open texture of the reinforcement, in order to let the matrix penetrate it and form the
continuous phase (see 3.2.1 – which section is meant). Although many of the existing glass fibre
reinforcement shapes are not adapted to this need and are too tight, this drawback can be, and is being,
overcome. Secondly, the alkalinity of most cements creates an environment for the glass fibres which
is degrading their reinforcing properties. Since the main aim of the hand lay-up technique is to
improve the tensile strength due to the presence of the fibres, this achievement can be lost with time. It
is still an open debate whether the so-called AR-fibres (see 3.1.3 – which section is meant) are
immune to this degradation.

5.4 Quasi-continuous production (Brameshuber)

Composite materials currently have a wide range of technical applications, for instance in the
automotive industry, aerospace industry, or in human medicine. One of the most successful examples
of composite usage in civil engineering is in steel reinforced concrete. A more recent development,
textile reinforced concrete, is an exciting new approach towards the use of composites in buildings and
other structures and may become a possible future supplementation of materials used in building

Placing multidimensional fabrics made of alkali resistant glass (AR-glass) instead of the usual steel
bars in the main load directions of the concrete, might enable the engineer in the future to design and
build light and slender structures with a high load carrying capacity. However, for the production of
three-dimensional thin structured profiles an appropriate production machine was developed within
the research project SFB 532 at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology in Aachen. Within
this quasi-continuous production process an endless U-shaped profile, which incorporates both thin
walls and sharply edged corners, will be produced and subsequently cut down to the desired length.
The dimensions of this profile are given in Fig. 5.1.

10 mm

Textile reinforcement
40 mm

400 mm

Fig. 5.1. Dimensions of the structural TRC U-shaped profile, cross-section.

Within the production process the highly flowable concrete matrices are pumped and injected in the
closed mould, and then are dehydrated under high pressure in order to gain an appropriate initial
strength for short demoulding periods. After pressing, the profile is shifted and the next part of the
element will be pressed which results in endless members within the quasi-continuous production
process as shown in Fig. 5.2.

Quasi-continuous production process U-shaped profile

1.) fresh concrete



2.) fresh concrete



3.) fresh concrete



Fig. 5.2. Quasi-continuous production process for structural TRC U-shaped profile.

For manual production of TRC elements usually fine grained matrices with plastic to flowable
consistencies are used, while for the production process an especially highly flowable consistency was
required for the pumping and injection processes. These highly flowable consistencies which also
offer full penetration of the technical textiles were achieved by using a small maximum grain size
(dmax = 0.6 mm), high binder contents, and adding different pozzolanic additives, and finally
superplasticisers, all of which lead to a more homogeneous and finer structure compared to ordinary
concrete. Table 1 shows the matrix compositions of the reference mixture PZ-0899-01 (Table 4.2)
[Bra2001] and the modified injection mixture for the production process PZ-IN-04. The reference
mixture offers already such a dense packing of the fines that no further compaction with dehydration
was possible. For this reason the modified mixture PZ-IN-04 (Table 4.2) was developed, which has a
higher water content than the reference mixture, and such met all requirements for the planned
production technique, i.e. injection and pumping as well as appropriate dehydration characteristics, yet
stable in consistency.

5.4.1 Pumping and injection

The suitability of the newly developed concrete mixture PZ-IN-06 for the pumping and injection
processes was tested with a squeeze pump and a U-shaped profile made of organic glass with the
dimensions as planned in the production process (Fig. 5.3). The organic glass mould allows to
investigate the flow path (Fig. 5.3) of the pumped and injected fine grained concrete within a textile
reinforced element. Pumping and injection was tested by using the squeeze pump with a distributor for
the injection of the fresh concrete at 1 to 4 injection points at once. These investigations were carried
out with the aim of locating and dimensioning the injection points required within the production

Fig. 5.3. Squeeze pump (left), organic glass mould (middle), detail of injection point (right).

The pumping of the fine grained concrete mixture PZ-IN-04 did not show any difficulties even when a
distributor was used and the pumping was carried out with 4 flexible tubes at once (Fig. 5.3, left).
Also, the flow path of the matrix was investigated using up to four injection points at the same time,
but this procedure lead to air intrusions in the closed mould. Hence, in the production machine valves
for air discharge were integrated, and finally one injection point will be used for the production in the
machine in order to avoid air entraining. This leads to a filling duration of about 1 to 2 minutes for the
U-shaped mould within the production machine.

5.4.2 Dehydration process

The dehydration process and the influence of the applied pressure on the concrete properties were
investigated in a special pressing machine shown in Fig. 5.4 c. The fresh concrete was filled into a
mould with the dimensions 160 x 40 x 40 mm, which was then closed off at a pre-set pressure by the
press plunger. The pressed out water could drain off via filter elements and built–in canals (Fig. 5.4 a
and b). By the pressing process an appropriate form stability (“green strength”) was gained and the
pressed concrete specimens carefully could be demoulded.



a) Filter press plunger


b) Mould with canals c) Fine grained concrete press

Fig. 5.4. Fine grained concrete press for dehydration process.

In preliminary tests the influence of the pressure level and duration on the dehydration process was
investigated with the aim of defining the required pressing parameters for the production machine.
Pressed concrete specimens with a thickness of about 20 mm were produced with a pressure of 1.0,
2.0, and 1.5 MPa. The dehydration process was tested by determining the displacement of the press
plunger as this is proportional to the amount of pressed out water. The pressing process was
considered finished if no further displacement of the press plunger was measured. This test set-up was
also used to produce pressed concrete prisms for the compressive and flexural bend tests as described
in the following.

The investigations on the dehydration process with a varying pressure level and duration showed that
for all investigated pressing conditions an appropriate form stability of the pressed concrete specimens
was achieved, see as an example a specimen of the dimension 40 x 40 x 160 mm³ in Fig. 5.5, left.

Fig. 5.5, right, shows the displacement of the press plunger over time for the investigated pressure
grades. It shows that for higher pressure grades the ultimate solidification of the matrix is already
reached after shorter compression times. The amount of water pressed out per second at 2.0 MPa is
almost constant up to a certain point, after which the curve levels off. The fact that only a minimal
amount of water is pressed out after this indicates that the concrete has solidified. Fig. 5.5, right, also
indicates that less water is extracted over time at a lower pressure levels. Hence, these results show
that a high pressure grade leads to stronger solidification and that within the production process at a
pressure level of 2.0 MPa very short pressing periods of only about 30 seconds will be required.

Displacement of pressure plunger in mm
27 sec
20 Pa
1.5 60 sec
15 Pa
10 Pa
1.0 70 sec


0 100 200 300 400
Time in seconds

Fig. 5.5. Form stable pressed concrete specimen (left), and influence of pressure grade on the
dehydration process (right).

5.4.3 Effective water content

During the pressing of the fresh concrete matrix not only water but also a certain amount of fines is
pressed out of the fresh concrete matrix, and the effective water content of the pressed concrete is not
known. Hence, further investigations were carried out to determine the effective w/b ratio of the
pressed specimens by kiln drying according to [DIN 1048-5, 06.81]. Portions of the pressed concrete
specimens (produced at a pressure level of 2.0 MPa for 1 and 2 minutes as well as 4.0 MPa for
1 minute) were dried in a steel vessel over an unshielded flame until no moisture evaporation from the
material was observed anymore. The difference in weight before and after the kiln drying gave the
water content of the investigated concrete material and allowed the derivation of the w/b ratio.

The results of the kiln drying in Table 5.1 show that at a pressure level of 2.0 MPa an increase in
duration of pressure from 1 to 2 minutes did not lead to any further solidification or pressing out of
water as for both testing conditions a similar water content with a w/b = 0.38 was determined. An
increase in the pressure grade from 2.0 to 4.0 MPa obviously lead to a more significant compaction
with higher water losses, as a lower water content and a reduced w/b = 0.36 were determined.

Table 5.1. Effective water content of the pressed mixture PZ-IN-04.

Mixture Pressing Concrete weight Concrete weight water w/b
conditions before kiln drying after kiln drying content
- - (g) -
1 min, 2.0 MPa 587.8 501.9 86.0 0.38
PZ-IN-04 2 min, 2.0 MPa 589.2 502.3 86.9 0.38
1 min, 4.0 MPa 581.7 501.7 80.0 0.36
PZ-0899-01 no pressing - 0.40

5.4.4 Hardened concrete properties

In order to investigate the influence of the dehydration process on the hardened concrete properties the
compressive and flexural strengths of pressed fine grained concrete specimens were determined for

specimens produced under a pressure of 2.0 MPa for 1 and 2 minutes respectively, and a pressure of
4.0 MPa for 1 minute. For the compression tests, specimens of the dimension 160 x 40 x 40 mm³ were
produced, while for the 3-point bend tests specimens with a varying height d = 10, 20, and 40 mm
were produced, i.e. 160 x 40 x d mm³. The compressive and flexural strengths of these specimens were
determined according to [DIN 18555-2 09.82] at a testing age of 28 days (water storage at 20 °C).

The compressive strengths of the pressed concrete specimens were determined at a testing age of
28 days and are given in Table 5.2. These results correspond with the w/b ratios as determined by kiln
drying (Table 5.1). The highest compressive strengths fc = 79.7 N/mm² were determined for the
highest pressure level of 40 MPa corresponding with the lowest w/b = 0.36, while the compressive
strengths for the other pressing levels were similar with values of about 70 to 71 N/mm². These values
were found in the range of the compressive strengths of the reference mixture PZ-0899-01 which has a
similar w/b ratio of w/b = 0.40.

Table 5.2. Compressive strength fc of pressed concrete specimens – PZ-IN-04.

Mixture Pressing Compressive strength fc
- - (N/mm²)
1 min, 2.0 MPa 70.5
PZ-IN-04 2 min, 2.0 MPa 71.3
1 min, 4.0 MPa 79.7
PZ-0899-01 no pressing 70.2
The results of the flexural strengths ffl in Fig. 5.6 do not show any increase in flexural strengths for a
higher pressure grade of 4.0 MPa compared to 2.0 MPa. Neither did an increase in the pressing
duration from 1 to 2 minutes (pressure grade 20 MPa) lead to an increase in the flexural strengths.
However, the pressing procedure obviously lead to an increase in flexural strengths with values of
about ffl = 12 to 16 N/mm², which are significantly higher than those of the non pressed reference
mixture PZ-0899-01 with ffl = 8 N/mm². Furthermore, a better solidification seems to be achieved for
larger specimens with d = 40 mm compared to the smaller ones with d = 10, and 20 mm. Still, for
practical applications the results of the smaller specimens are more important as the thin structured
walls of the TRC U-profiles have a thickness of d = 10 mm only.

Flexural strength ffl of pressed concrete specimens in N/mm²
PZ-IN-04 1min 20bar
160 x 40 x d mm³
20 28 days 2min 20bar
water storage, 20 °C
1min 40bar

12 unpressed
reference mixture

d = 10 mm d = 20 mm d = 40 mm PZ-0899-01

Fig. 5.6. Flexural strength ffl of pressed concrete specimens – PZ-IN-04.

5.4.5 Joint within the production process

As another aspect the joint was investigated, which will inevitably be produced within the quasi-
continuous production process as already pressed concrete meets freshly injected concrete, which will
be pressed in the next working stage (Fig. 5.2). As it is not possible to manufacture an endless testing
specimen in the mould of the used test set-up (Fig. 5.4), this was modified in a similar way to the
production process, in which a section of fresh, already pressed concrete seals off the section of
concrete being pressed (Fig. 5.7). These tests were carried out as follows: fresh concrete was filled
into the mould, which was partially sealed off by a rubber block and then the water was pressed out.
One side of the mould wall was then removed and the pressed concrete specimen was moved along
such that the opening of the mould was sealed off by this concrete block and a rubber blocked placed
on top. Then the empty space in the mould was refilled with fresh concrete which was then pressed
alike within the quasi-continuous production process. Subsequently, 4-point bend tests were carried
out at a testing age of 28 days (water storage, 20 °C) according to [DIN 18555-3 09.82] in order to
investigate a possible influence of the joint on the flexural strengths of the so produced fine grained
concrete specimens.

pressure plunger
rubber block

fresh concrete
pressed concrete

Fig. 5.7. Manufacture of a fine grained concrete specimen in stages with a joint.

The flexural strengths of the pressed concrete have been investigated as described in the above section,
but furthermore, the influence of the joint which will inevitably be produced within the production
machine on the flexural strength was investigated. In 4-point bend tests of pressed specimens with a
joint flexural strengths ffl = 8.2 N/mm² were determined, i.e. a significant reduction in the flexural
strength was determined in comparison to the specimens without a joint with flexural strengths of
about 12 to 16 N/mm² (Fig. 5.6). However, the flexural strength of the specimen with a joint were in
the same range as the flexural strengths of the reference mixture (unpressed concrete), which generally
is used for the manual production of TRC elements. Hence, within the production process appropriate
mechanical properties will be achieved even if there are joints in the structural elements.

5.4.6 Production Process

Input IPT Aachen, Prof. Brecher

Compression unit
Textile Textile supplying unit Oven

Fig. 5.8. Production machine for the manufacture of continuous U-profiles.

concrete A-A
injection conveyor belt +
filter element


S formed element
mould seal

Fig. 5.9. Pressing in closed range.

Rubber stamp Plunger Clamping stamp


High early
Fresh concrete strength
concrete part

Drain for water

concrete part

Filter and conveyer band

Fig. 5.10. Process flow at compression unit.

5.4.7 Discussion anD summary

The above presented investigations were essential preliminary tests for the development, design and
finally for defining the machine relevant parameters for the quasi-continuous production process of
endless three-dimensional TRC structural profiles. A fine grained concrete matrix PZ-IN-06 was
developed which offers suitable rheological properties for the pumping and injection process and
allows complete penetration of the textile reinforcement. The injection points were investigated, and
best results were obtained when using one injection point only with the aim of avoiding air entraining
in the closed mould. This lead to a duration of the injection procedure of about 1 to 2 minutes. The
pumping of the highly flowable fine grained mixture did not show any difficulties at all.

Furthermore, the injection mixture offered a sufficient form stability immediately after the pressing
procedure. For this mixture according to the results of the tests a pressing duration of about 30 to 60
seconds for a pressure level of 2.0 MPa is expected within the production machine. These properties of
the newly developed fine grained concrete mixture will allow a high production frequency within the
quasi-continuous production process. Due to the step-wise pressing procedure an inevitable joint is
produced, but the results of the flexural strengths of compressed concrete specimens with such a joint
showed sufficiently high flexural strengths, which were even in the range of the reference mixture,
which is used throughout the research project SFB 532 for manual production of TRC elements. Also,
for the compressed mixture PZ-IN-04 appropriate mechanical properties regarding compressive and
flexural strengths were determined for the planned applications like e.g. integrated formwork elements
or similar. The optimisation of machine relevant parameters within the production process will be
subject of further research in the same way as modifications of the machine for a quasi-continuous
production of 3-dimensional hollow TRC structures, e.g. Pi- or box-shaped profiles.

5.5 Extrusion/Pultrusion Technologies (Peled, Mobasher)

5.5.1 Pultrusion (A. Peled and B. Mobasher)

The pultrusion process is used to produce fabric-cement laminate composites. In this process the
fabrics are passed through a slurry infiltration chamber, and then pulled through a set of rollers to
squeeze the paste in the openings of the fabric, removed excessive paste, and formed composite

laminates. The mixture should be sufficiently fluid to enable the fabric to transfer through the cement
slurry but dense enough so that it will remain on the fabric when it leaves the cement bath. The
pultrusion set up is presented in Fig. 5.11. By using the pultrusion method fabric-cement sheets with
various widths, lengths and thickness of composites can be produced. After forming the sample
through the rollers, additional pressure is then applied on top of the laminates to improve penetration
of the matrix in between the opening of the fabrics and the bundle filaments. The intensity of this
applied pressure is limited and cannot reach high levels, as the matrix is still fresh at this point and
elevated pressures can remove most of the matrix in between the fabric laminates. This results in an
insufficient matrix content to help bind the laminates.

Fig. 5.11. Schematic description of the pultrusion process.

5.5.2 Wellcrete technology (low pressure extrusion LPE) (Pachow)

The Wellcrete process was originally developed especially for the manufacture of substitute products
for asbestos cement. In industrial plants, primarily large corrugated panels for roof cladding were
manufactured in large series at production speeds of up to 8 m/min [Pac2004]. The production
technique is a low pressure extrusion technique where the matrix, which also may contain short fibres,
is extruded in a continuous thickness over the whole width onto the formwork. The load carrying
reinforcement, i.e. AR-glass rovings or textiles, is pressed into the matrix in the following production

The “FBK-Wellplatte” was the first glass fibre reinforced product to receive in 1987 a technical
approval from “Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DiBt)” [DiBt].

5.5.3 Module process technology (LPE) (Pachow)
One typical module process technology is the Durapact process technology [Pac1998] which also is a
low pressure extrusion technique. It is designed for the production of flat textile reinforced elements
for rather low capacities and offers a much greater flexibility in product choice and product changes
during production compared to the Wellcrete technology. It is characterised by low investment costs
[Pac1998] and low space requirement as it is based on a modular system. These plants usually consists
of a production belt and a frame supporting a variable station, which is exchanged for a the required
processing step such as positioning of the formwork, matrix (with or without short fibres) extrusion,
compaction, smoothing, or cutting. Stationary plants usually consist of a continuous production belt
fitted with a multi-chamber extruder. The product is built up layer by layer on an extruder throughput
and subsequently deposited on a form as e.g. a flat form sheet.

5.6 Production technology of prestressed textile concrete

Prestressing of textiles means that the textiles are stressed before concreting and later on they
are embedded in concrete in direct bond. However, stressing of textiles is not an easy task. The textiles
like carbon and aramid have anisotropic properties and have a low strength in transverse direction. The
often used clamping devices can already lead to fracture of fibres in the anchoring area. The glass
fibres are isotropic but local stress peaks or damages on the filament surface can also cause failure of
the fibre.

A roving consists of hundreds or thousands of filaments. In a not impregnated roving these filaments
are loosely packed. If transverse loading is applied the filaments are squeezed out. Further on, the
outer filaments in direct contact to the clamping device do not transfer load to inner filaments due to
their low friction. This means that prestressing with a clamping device is very difficult and almost

When the rovings are resin impregnated they can be stressed more easily. In the following the device
is described which has been used for unimpregnated rovings and impregnated ones. Another device is
described which can be useful for impregnated rovings.

5.6.1 Prestressing under laboratory conditions Clamping wit h gluing

The ends of the rovings to be prestressed are inserted in an epoxy resin. The rovings are inserted in the
slit between two toothed metal sheets. The surface of the metal sheets is greased so that bond between
the resin and the steel is prevented. Fig. 5.12 shows the clamping elements.

Side view: Wing bolt M10
Slope for
toothed sheet
Detail A

3.50 mm 5.00 mm Detail A: (Units in 1/10mm)

5.00 mm

Top view:
80.00 mm
48.00 mm

Bore-hole for
wing bolt M10

18 12
50.00 mm
27.00 mm
Borehole 12 mm 12

100.00 mm

17.50 mm

Bore-hole for
wing bolt M10

Fig. 5.12. Clamping device with corrugated metal parts.

This device is derived from a proposal by Helbing [Hel1976]. The device has been designed such that
a 100 mm wide textile strip can be prestressed. The anchorage length amounts to about 50 mm, the
maximum prestressing force depends on the textile properties and the resin properties. Experience has
been gained that a prestressing force up to 4 kN can be transferred [Rei2002]. The prestressing device
can be used for every type of textile. Fig. 5.13 shows a picture of a clamped textile material.

Fig. 5.13. Textile material in the clamping device.

After the test the screws can be loosened again and the textile can be removed without problem
because the surface was greased and there was no bond between epoxy resin and steel. The clamping
device can immediately be reused again.

A similar device has been used by [Vil2003]. There the textile is anchored in an epoxy block which is
then fixed in a clamping device such as shown in Fig. 5.14.

Fig. 5.14. Epoxy end-block holding 15 Aramid rovings (244 tex) [Vil2003]. Clamping wit hout gluing

For easy mounting and demounting a clamp has been developed in the late seventies [Rei1976]. It
consists of a fixed bolt and a moving bolt. The textile is slung around the moving bolt. The
prestressing force increases also the clamping force. A prerequisite of the clamping device is,
however, that the single filaments do not slip within the roving. Fig. 5.15 shows the device. This
device is only suitable for impregnated rovings.

Fig. 5.15. Clamping device with friction. Prestressing f rame

In order to prestress rovings before concreting a frame is necessary. It could consist of anchors on a
slab similar to the mostly used prestressing devices in precast concrete industry. However, if the
material should be prestressed in two directions one needs a rectangular frame. For laboratory
purposes a frame has been developed which is shown in Fig. 5.16 [Rei2002, Krü2004].

Fig. 5.16. Prestressing frame.

The frame consists of a rectangular rigid steel frame with 40 hydraulic pistons. The pistons generate a
maximum force of 3.5 kN each with an oil pressure of 12 MPa. In the middle of the frame a flat mould
is situated on which the textile reinforced plates can be concreted. Depending on the thickness of the
plate it can be concreted in one layer or two layers. It depends also on the fluidity of the concrete
(mortar). If a very fluid mortar is used one can spread the mortar throughout the mould and finish it by
hand. If the mortar is less fluid one needs a vibrating board in order to compact the concrete. Fig. 5.17
shows a picture where concrete is spread on the textile and vibrated with a vibrating board.

Fig. 5.17. Concreting of a textile reinforced plate

The sides are cast with a magnetic steel strip. This strip enables also the exact positioning of the textile
in the middle of the plate. After concreting the plates are cured 24 hours. Then, the prestressing is
released and the plates can be demoulded.

5.6.2 Alternative device

A similar device has been used by Vilkner [Vil2003]. Considerable difficulties had to be overcome to
anchor a sufficiently large number of rovings to apply a useful prestress force.

Fig. 5.18. End block and anchorage system [Vil2003].

It was not possible, for example, to anchor 3 layers of aramid fabric with 5 rovings each with a total
target load of 2.2kN (500 lb) without slip between the aramid fibers and the epoxy matrix and pullout
of complete rovings. After an extensive trial-and-error period, it was found necessary to modify the
epoxy with a proprietary filler consisting of very fine particles, which appeared to better penetrate the
interstitial spaces within each roving. With this modified epoxy it was possible to stress 4 layers of 5
rovings to ¾ of the original stress level and the same target prestress force of 2.2kN. This system was
then used successfully for a large number of test specimens.

5.6.3 Prestress with aramid fibers

1. Aramid fibers are used in structural engineering mainly in the form of FRP. This is one of few
studies where unprotected aramid fibers were utilized to reinforce a Portland cement-based matrix.
Despite the concern that the alkalinity of concrete may cause severe damage, especially to prestressed
aramid fibers, it was shown for the first time that such high-performance polymeric fibers can be used
to produce thin sheets made of glass concrete with prestress levels up to 2 ksi (14 MPa). It was found
that during the first few hours of the hydration process, when the fibers are still anchored against the
formwork, certain mechanisms cause a rapid loss of 10% of the prestress force, but that the tension
level of the rovings stabilizes as the concrete hardens after approximately 3.5 hours. Besides normal
prestress losses due to elastic shortening during load transfer, shrinkage and creep, the prestress level
was not found to decay within up to 3 months.

2. A glass concrete mix design was developed that combines excellent workability with high-
early strength. Using glass concrete as the prestressed matrix will allow to further explore the great
esthetic potential of this novel material in form of prestressed thin sheet applications. Compatibility of
aramid fibers with ordinary concrete matrixes still has to be shown. It is assumed that some of the
mechanisms, which inhibit ASR in glass concrete, also ensure the structural stability of the prestressed
aramid fibers, for their primary degradation mechanism is hydrolysis caused by the same alkaline
environment, which is responsible for the initiation of ASR.

3. Few studies in the field of structural engineering have investigated aramid fibers with regard
to their microstructure. This work gives a detailed overview on what aramid fibers are, how they
deform, and especially what makes them different from solid fibrous materials such as glass or carbon.
Understanding their basic deformation mechanism allows for the utilization of mechanical
preconditioning to greatly reduce tension losses caused by relaxation. This finding will also be of
importance to conventional prestressing applications where aramid fibers are used as FRP.

4. Results from bending experiments carried out with prestressed beams with thicknesses of ¼ in
(7 mm) and 1/8 in (3 mm) are very promising. The relatively small rovings develop sufficient bond
with the glass concrete matrix to transfer prestress as large as 2 ksi (14 MPa). The epoxy end-blocks
developed especially for this study could be safely removed after 7 days, prior to the bending
experiments, with no negative effect to the flexural performance. Basic principles of prestressed
concrete theory apply also to prestressed thin sheets. Especially the large deformability of the 1/8 in (3
mm) thin specimens may offer entirely new applications for concrete based materials.

5. Residual strains after bending experiments were found to be very small. Combined with a
permanently compressed matrix very large numbers of loading cycles need to be applied to produce
permanent visible deflections. However, when the specimen is wet during load application,
accumulation of residual strains can be greatly accelerated. The finding is critical for the development
of prestressed thin sheets for outdoor- or wet-room applications.

The usage of aramid fibers for prestressing thin sheets made of glass concrete was at first inspired by
their outstanding success as the basis material for the production of body armor. In this work, their
ability to undergo large deformations by dissipating extensive amounts of energy was successfully
extended to the similarly promising fields of textile-reinforced concrete and Portland cement-based
thin sheet applications [Vil2003].

5.6.4 Prestressing in practical production

For continuous production, prestressing in a frame is unpractical. Here it is suggested to use a
continuous prestressing bed with a friction type anchoring. In the longitudinal direction the warp
threads can be prestressed by stressing the whole fabric during the production. In the transverse
direction the weft threads can be stressed by the loops at the sides of the fabric which are already there
in the production process and were cut for standard applications. It is obvious that a homogenous
prestressing will be obtained, if the textile fabrication and the concrete element production is
combined to one continuous production line. A rapid hardening material has to be used to produce
concrete plates such as a gunite cement or a normal cement with a gunite accelerator. The best way of
production depends on the ingeniousness of the company which likes to make prestressed textile
concrete plates.

5.7 Detail design solutions

5.7.1 Spacers

5.7.2 Curing

5.7.3 Others

5.8 Summary and conclusions

Table 5.3. Production technology for TRC.

Production Process Description Reinforcement Matrix consistency Comments Application

Shotcrete short fibres are cut from a a) short fibres (6 - 25 mm) plastic consistency rather thick elements with chimney covers, decorative
a) short fibres and matrix roving and are sprayed with lower strength units
the separately prepared

3-dimensional forms
b) textile reinforcement +
short fibres and matrix

3-dimensional forms
c) textile reinforcement +

a) Injection a) short fibres (6 - 18 mm)
fully-automated b) textiles possible




Pultrusion /
Extrusion a) Extrusion a) short fibres (12 - 50 mm) corrugated sheets
fully-automated b) rovings flat sheets

Pultrusion /
Extrusion b) Extrusion a) short fibres (12 - 36 mm) profiled panels
fully-automated b) rovings flat panels
Durapact Process c) textiles side forms
technology sandwich panels
Pultrusion /
Extrusion c) Extrusion
input Peled

Combinations Shotcrete + Lamination

Lamination + Injection




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6.1 Bond (H.-W. Reinhardt)

Working party “Bond of TRC”.
Hans-Wolf Reinhardt, Markus Krüger, Institute of Building Materials Research at Stuttgart University
(IWB), Germany;
Björn Banholzer, Institute of Building Materials Research at Aachen University (ibac), Germany
Harald Schorn, Institute of Building Materials Research at Technical University Dresden, Germany
Arnon Bentur, Alva Peled, Structural Engineering Department, Ben Gurion University, Israel
Barzin Mobasher, College of Engineering, Arizona State University, USA

ABSTRACT: In this chapter the principle bond behavior of a strand .... is discussed ...abstract is

6.1.1 General Bond mechan ism and analytical models

A composite consists of at least two separate materials and a bonding interface inbetween. Bond is
essential for the composite behaviour, it determines the strength and ductility of the material. If bond
is weak a ductile material could be gained and if the bond is strong a rather strong and brittle material
can be the result.

Bond of reinforcing steel in concrete is usually divided into several mechanisms. The weakest
contribution to bond is adhesion which is deteriorated after a first slippage of the steel in concrete.
Then we have friction which is almost constant during the slippage of steel in the concrete. Another
contribution is lack of fit which is mainly due to the irregularities of the cross-section of a strand.
Another one is the Hoyer effect which is generated due to the transverse extension of a wire when the
prestressing force is released. It is only active in a very short part of the anchorage zone of a
prestressing steel in concrete. The most efficient part is the mechanical bond due to the resistance of
the ribs in the concrete.

Textile reinforcement has another bond mechanism. Due to the required reinforcement ratio textiles
are composed of hundreds or thousands of filaments which means that only the outer layer of a roving
can really have an adhesion to the surrounding concrete. This means that only a part of the roving is
anchored in the concrete and the rest can slip easily within the roving at low friction. Fig. 6.1 shows a
schematic of this mechanism.

Slave filaments (Aext)

Core filaments (Aint)

External bond

Fig. 6.1. Roving with inner bond < outer bond (e.g.: roving not fully infiltrated with cementitious

One can see that the outer filaments are embedded in a hardened cement paste and have a good
anchorage in this paste. The inner filaments are not reached by the hydrated cement paste and thus are
not at all anchored in the concrete. Only the friction between the filaments can generate a certain bond
resistance. To achieve sufficient internal bond a roving could be impregnated by a resin (epoxy resin
or vinyl resin). Then the strand is more or less a rigid composite made up of the filaments and the
resin. Fig. 6.2 shows this situation.

Bond area

Epoxy impregnation

Fig. 6.2. Roving with inner bond > outer bond (e.g. epoxy impregnated roving).

In this case we have an anchorage of the whole filaments in the hydrated cement paste. The filaments
are not allowed to slip anymore within the outer filaments.

This behaviour leads to a certain overall schematic which is depicted in Fig. 6.3. There a load slip
diagram is shown. The lower line shows the case where the inner bond is smaller than the outer bond,
that means the inner filaments can slip with respect to the outer filaments. Then the load-slip curve is
rather flat but at the other hand it has a long tale with a certain pseudo ductility. This effect is due to
the higher slippage of the inner filaments which leads to different stresses in the filaments and thus to
successive failure of the filaments.

Internal bond failure (only case b)

External bond failure
Successive filament failure
Case a: Internal bond > External bond
Gf,a = Gf,b
+ σb,int⋅Ab,int
Case b: Internal bond < external bond

Pseudo ductility



Fig. 6.3. Schematic of pullout slip behaviour of various textiles with infinite embedment length.

Contrary, if the inner bond is larger than the outer bond, i.e. that is true for the impregnated rovings,
we have a larger resistance against slip. The slip-load curve is steeper but falls down immediately after
a certain slip because all filaments fail almost at the same time. This case is almost similar to the case
of smooth bars in concrete. The slip is very short and there is no pseudo ductility anymore. As shown
above bond behaviour of a textile roving and therefore the load bearing behaviour of a reinforced
element is greatly influenced by the inner bond.

The fracture behaviour of unidirectional fibrous composites - in the current case a yarn embedded in a
cementitious matrix - has been tackled with several approaches over the years. One of the simplest
approaches to idealise this system, the so-called one cylinder model (Fig. 6.4), is to assume a
homogeneous and linear elastic yarn loaded under quasi-static conditions and further neglect matrix
deformation [Zas2003]. However, as has been shown in [Ban2004], this simplification of the
composite does not reflect the telescopic and staggered failure of the yarn in any way.

A) One cylinder model B) Ring model C) Segment model D) Lamina model

Fig. 6.4. Basic models to idealise a yarn in a matrix.

A somewhat more progressive approach had already been introduced some years beforehand by
[Ohn1994], who idealised the yarn / matrix system as a two ring model containing sleeve and core
filaments (Fig. 6.4). However, since the bond stress between the different “rings” is assumed to be
constant and no tensile failure is considered, this model also oversimplifies reality.

Segment models as shown in Fig. 6.4 can likewise be found in a variety of studies, for example
[Sej2002]. They proposed to use periodic unit cells (PUC) which consist of N filaments statistically
equivalent to the original microstructure. To achieve this, fundamental knowledge about the material’s

statistics is needed and the original microstructure has to be quantified, e.g. by using a collection of
SEM images. Introducing an n-point probability function Sm defining the chance of finding a
randomly placed filament located in the matrix, a PUC has to be determined with the help of stochastic
optimisation procedures which matches in its Sm function with the original microstructure. Hence the
actual objective is to define the material statistics and properties of the PUC in accordance with the
original composite. However, the bond between the filaments and the surrounding matrix is assumed
as perfect, and the different failure mechanisms occurring during the yarn break down, that is
debonding and tensile failure of the filaments, are not considered in this model. Thus for example the
change in the number of load carrying filaments (load carrying area of the yarn) is neglected and a
staggered breakdown cannot be simulated.

Such a filament breakage and debonding of the filaments from the matrix as well as plasticity of the
matrix are included in the lamina model proposed by [Bey1997], who enhanced an idea introduced by
[Hed1961] as early as in 1961. In this approach the stress distributions are analysed in a sheet of
parallel, high modulus filaments which carry normal loads and are embedded in a low modulus matrix
which carries only shear. Unfortunately, the model implies that the load is introduced only by the
filaments (tensional test) and hence this applied technique cannot easily be transferred to this study. The YMB - M odel

In [Ban2004] an alternative solution to the overall problem is assembled to analytically describe the
pull-out behaviour of a yarn in a cementitious matrix. The YMB - model (Yarn-Matrix-Bond) uses
results of different experimental tests, for example the filament pull-out test, the FILT-test, Confocal
Laser Scanning Microscopy, and the corresponding results, that is

• the filament tensile strength ft

• the bond versus slip relation τ(s) predominating the bond between AR-glass filament and cement
based matrix (using these τ(s) relations pull-out responses of filaments P(ω) can be simulated for
different embedding lengths Lv, see Fig. 6.5),

• the experimental load versus displacement relationship P(Ω) describing the pull-out response of a
yarn / cement based matrix system (Fig. 6.6), and

• the active filaments versus load relationship NF(Ω) which characterises the failure process of a
yarn during this test (Fig. 6.6).

Pull-out force P in N
3 LV = 1 mm
2 LV = 2 mm
LV = 3 mm
1 Failure range of filaments Ω<ΩNFL LV = 5 mm
LV = 10 mm

0 Failure range of filaments Ω>ΩNFL

0,0 0,1 0,2 1,0 1,5 2,0
ωf Displacement ω in mm

Fig. 6.5. Simulated filament pull-out responses with different embedded lengths LV [Ban2004].

Pull-out load P in N
Active filaments NF
600 Specimen A: 1500
Experimental P(Ω) NF, m
500 NF, m-1 o Layer m
400 Simulation P(Ω ), m = 5
Simulation P(Ω ), m = 100
200 500
100 NF, 1
Layer 1
0 0
0,0 0,5 1,0 1,5 2,0 0 Ω Ωv,f 2.0

a) Displacement Ω in mm b) Displacement Ω in mm

Fig. 6.6. a) Experimentally determined and analytically simulated pull-out responses

yarn / concrete system, b) Step-wise adaptation of the active filaments versus
displacement relation NF(Ω).

The principle idea of the YMB - model states that if the pull-out response P(ω) of every single
filament i for 1 ≤ i ≤ NF,m at every single load step is known, the resulting load displacement
relationship and hence the overall response of the yarn P(Ω) can be calculated with a simple
summation procedure similar to [Hed1961]. NF,m corresponds to the number of filaments per yarn, and
Ω to the displacement measured during a yarn pull-out test. Furthermore the model adopts a ring
structure similar to [Ohn1994] which is justified by the telescopic failure visualised in the FILT test
[Ban2004], that is a primary break down of the outer layer of filaments followed by a successive
failure of the adjacent layers until a core of filaments is finally pulled out. Thus the composite is
idealised in the YMB - model as a layered system made up of m layers each with o filaments per layer
v for 1 ≤ v ≤ m (Fig. 6.7) where each layer v responds with an average pull-out response pv(Ω) to the
introduced overall pull-out load P(Ω).

N F, v
Filament 1
Filament ∑ i
i =1 L

Layer m pv=m (Ω)

Layer 1 pv=1(Ω)

Layer m

Filament Bulk matrix

Penetrated matrix

Fig. 6.7. Idealization of a yarn embedded in a matrix.

As the number of filaments in each idealised layer is constant, the active filaments versus
displacement relationship NF(Ω) may be matched by a step function with a constant step height o as
shown in Fig. 6.6. The number of steps used naturally corresponds to the number of layers assumed in
the idealisation; m = NF, m / o. The width of each step refers to the displacement range in which o
filaments of the corresponding layer v fail. The displacements at the end of each step (black squares)
are taken as average failure displacements, that is the layer v is assumed to fail in tension at a pull-out
displacement Ωv, f.

Since the filaments in the outer layers reach their tensile strength fv,t and thus also their failure strain
prior to the subsequent layers, it is reasoned that the average extensional stiffness per layer is
gradually decreasing from the outer to the inner layers.

Under the assumption that

• the filaments only carry normal loads,

• the matrix which penetrated between the filaments only carries shear,

• the bond between the single filaments and the matrix is basically characterised by the BSR τ(s),

• the BSR τ(s) is identical for all layers,

the YMB - model further postulates that the main parameter involving this stiffness gradient has to be
the decreasing interlayer contact area (L UC)v towards the core of the yarn. Note, Lv corresponds to the
embedded length and UC,v to the contact perimeter of a layer v. Although this assumption is verified by
experimental findings [Ban2004], it is so far still not possible to determine the exact values of these
geometric micro-structural parameters. In order to still allow an analytical modelling of the pull-out
response of a yarn without adequate knowledge of the contact areas, [Ban2004] proposes the
following proceeding under the assumptions that

• if matrix has penetrated into a layer v at a location i over a length Lv,i all filaments in that layer are
completely embedded in matrix over their circumference π d at that location over that length, and

• all individual embedded lengths Lv,i of a layer may be summed up to a layer dependent embedded
length Lv. Or vice versa, the filaments of a layer v are not embedded over the “free” length Ψv;
compare Fig. 6.8.

Note that only an embedded length of a couple of millimetres is needed to transfer all the forces a
filament can carry in the surrounding matrix (see Fig. 6.5). This kind of idealisation of the
microstructure is also proposed in [Sch2003a] and named “adhesion-bridge model”. Experimental
results show [Ban2004] that the layers and hence the filaments experience a staggered break down, i.e.
the failure locations run from x = L for the sleeve filaments to x << L for filaments near the core. By
assuming that the tensile strength of a filament does not vary over its length, it implies that the load
transfer between filaments and matrix by shear stresses is negligible in the regions Ψv, where the
filaments are not embedded.

Lv = ∑Lv,i
Lv,1 Lv,2 Lv,i i =1 Ψv

Penetrated matrix
Bulk matrix

Fig. 6.8. Idealization of micro-structural, geometric parameters.

By additionally implying that the average pull-out force pv of a layer v is governed only in the regions
of embedment Lv and the corresponding displacement Ω of a layer v consists of two components

(I) the slip ω of the filaments and

(II) the elongation ∆ resulting from the deformation of the filaments over the free length Ψv

the YMB - model analytically describes the pull-out behaviour of a yarn in a cement based matrix
under a pull-out load as follows:

m ! m
P (Ω ) = ∑ pv (Ω = ω + ∆ ) ≡ ∑ Pv (ω ) ⋅ o, ∆ =
Pv (ω ) (Ω v, f − ω v , f ) ⋅ EF
v =1 v =1 EF AF f v ,t

Thereby the average pull-out response pv(Ω) of layer v is equivalent to o times the response Pv(ω) of a
filament in a single filament pull-out test as simulated on the basis of given bond properties for the
corresponding geometric arrangement of the layer v (Fig. 6.5). EF is the Young’s modulus of the
filament and AF the filament’s cross-sectional area. Note that the tensile strength of the filaments may
be layer dependent, that is fv,t. ωv,f is the corresponding pull-out displacement; compare Fig. 6.5.

For a 5 layer idealisation a summation of the individual pv(Ω) responses results in the simulated P(Ω)
relation stated in Fig. 6.6. Additionally the experimentally determined load versus displacement
relationship P(Ω) is presented in the diagram. Increasing now the number of layers to v = 100, the
pull-out response can be simulated in more detail. Note, the higher the number of layers taken, that is
the lower the number of filaments included in a single layer, the more the complex interaction
between the individual filaments is considered due to the fact, that this information is hidden in the
active filaments versus displacement relationship (Fig. 6.6). Adhesive cros s-linkage model

Schorn [Sch2003b, Sch2004] has derived an “adhesive cross-linkage model”. In this model all
filaments are bonded to each other by a pattern of adhesive cross-linkages consisting of binder
particles, e.g. hydration products of cement. Cementitious particles obviously acting as cross links
between the filaments and between the filament and the matrix can be shown using an Environmental
Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM). The adhesive cross-linkage model allows generally a
numerical prediction of either the stress distribution in all filaments of a roving cross section as well as
the typical successive cracking of single filaments due to an increasing crack width.

Fig. 6.9 shows the situation on principle. Line 1 represents a filament directly in contact with the
matrix. The deformation length L0 is identical with the effective length Lw. Line 2 shows an elastic
bond; as a consequence the deformation length L0 is greater than the effective length Lw. Line 3 shows
adhesive cross-linkages bonding filament to filament.

Fig. 6.9. Different deformation lengths L0 due to different positions of cross linkages bonding the
filaments and effective deformation lengths Lw.

Usually the deformation length of a filament depends on the distance to the surface of the roving
wherein it is situated, because the number of adhesive cross-linkages decreases from the outer part to
the inner part of the roving. In the centre of a roving a great number of filaments may remain
unbonded. In Fig. 6.10, left, the effective deformation lengths LW of all filaments of a roving in order
to the length and on the right hand side the stress distributions of all crack bridging filaments of the
roving are shown. With increasing crack width two processes take place simultaneously:

- Some filaments of a roving will fail due to their ultimate strain.

- The stress state in the remaining filaments will be increased.

This process continues as long as enough filaments remain in the uncracked state.

Fig. 6.10. Effective elongation length lW of all filaments of a roving (left) and stress distribution
with increasing crack width (right).

The crack bridging behaviour can be predicted as shown in Fig. 6.11 for a particular assumption of the
distribution of adhesive cross linkages in a roving (see enclosed small curve in figure)

Fig. 6.11. Example for the prediction of the crack bridging behaviour of textile glass fibre
reinforcement compared to a measured curve.

6.1.2 Testing of bond One-sided pu llout test

Banholzer [Ban2004] has developed a one-sided pullout test with simultaneous detection of broken
filaments. It is used for glass strands in which light can be transmitted. For specimen preparation the
glass strand is firstly placed in a plastic mould and cast in epoxy resin over a length of 30 mm and a
cross-sectional area of 10 ⋅ 10 mm2 centric. This block offers high protection for the fragile filaments
against an early and uncontrolled failure caused by clamping later on in the pull-out test. Care must be
taken that, due to capillary effects, the resin does not penetrate the strand over a greater length. This
epoxy resin block is used in the following pull-out tests for load introduction and guarantees the same
introduced displacement on all individual filaments of the strand.

10 mm
Strand embedded
in epoxy resin block 30 mm

50 mm
Fine-grained concrete

50 mm

Fig. 6.12. Specimen for the one-sided strand pull-out test.

The strand is then cast in a fine-grained concrete matrix. The dimensions of the specimens are 50 ⋅ 50 ⋅
L mm3 with L being the embedded length of the strand. L is chosen for the presented tests to be
30 mm (Fig. 6.12).

Testing procedure

The pull-out tests are carried out using a universal testing machine at a displacement rate of
0.1 mm/min at 20°C until a maximum displacement of about 1.7 mm is reached. The specimen is
mounted in the machine such that the epoxy resin block is placed through a cut-out of a steel plate and
then clamped in a mechanical grip fixed to the cross head of the machine. The steel plate itself is fixed
by a frame to the bench of the testing machine. All of this creates a set up of the pull-push test, i.e. the
strand is pulled out of the matrix against a restraint. For illustration see Fig. 6.13. The pull-out loads
and the cross head displacements are recorded every 2 N change in force resulting in a load versus
displacement relationship P(Ω).

Load cell
Light source P, Ω

Steel plate
Matrix Epoxy resin

Strand P
Digital camera

Fig. 6.13. Test set-up for a pull-out test on a strand.

The FILT test

During the actual pull-out test the specimen is additionally exposed by an artificial light source from
the front via the epoxy resin block as sketched in Fig. 6.13. If a small charge-coupled device camera
(CCD-camera) and a zoom lens is used, the strand can be distinguished on the rear of the specimen
from the surrounding matrix due to its exposure and therefore bright appearance (on the left hand side
of Fig. 6.14 and Fig. 6.15). After a tensile failure a filament is no longer capable of transferring light,
and therefore the bright appearance vanishes for the next load step in the next image.

a) b)
Fig. 6.14. a) Digital image of 5-VET strand, b) Binarised image of the detected filaments using a
numerical image analyzing routine.

If a numerical image analysing routine is applied during this study, the optical image of the CCD-
camera presented in Fig. 6.14 a can be analysed and converted in a binarised image (black and white
pixels) as shown in Fig. 6.14 b. Depending on the chosen resolution and the zoom lens used it is

possible to visualise every single filament. For illustration see Fig. 6.15 a and Fig. 6.15 b. However,
care must be taken that the complete strand is recorded during the test. This test method has been
called FILT test (Failure Investigation using Light Transmission properties). Details are described in

a) b)
Fig. 6.15. Enlargement of Fig. 6.14 a and 14b: a) Digital image of the strand, b) Binarized image of
the detected filaments using a numerical image analyzing routine.

Fig. 6.16 shows the recorded pull-out load versus displacement diagrams P(Ω) of four specimens. In
general, the principal trend of a pull-out relation can be observed. An almost linearly increasing part
with a subsequent non-linear region until the maximum pull-out load is reached, followed by a
decreasing softening branch.

Pull-out load P in N
600 Specimen A
Specimen B
400 Specimen C
Specimen D


0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0
Displacement Ω in mm

Fig. 6.16. Pull-out responses of specimens A to D.

As explained in Chapter the images of the FILT test are taken and binarised and recorded
simultaneously with the loads and displacements of the pull-out test. The load versus displacement
diagram P(Ω) recorded for specimen A is presented in the second column of Table 6.1 for different
stages of the pull-out process to clarify this procedure: Ω at maximum load and at 3 subsequent load

Table 6.1. Observed failure process of a 5-VET strand embedded in PZ-0899-01 matrix under a
pull-out load (FILT tests); specimen A.
L-S 1 Load versus displacement diagram P(Ω) FILT test image
1 Pull-out load P in N



0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0
Displacement Ω in mm

2 Pull-out load P in N



0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0
Displacement Ω in mm

3 Pull-out load P in N



0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0
Displacement Ω in mm

4 Pull-out load P in N



0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0
Displacement Ω in mm

L-S = load step
For these selected load steps the corresponding binarised FILT images are presented in the third
column of Table 6.1. Remaining intact filaments are visualised by white pixels. The load steps are
labelled in the first column of Table 6.1.

a) b)

c) d)

Fig. 6.17. FILT images of specimen a) to d) respectively at the maximum introduced displacement
of about 1.7 mm. Thin white line outlines the perimeter of the strand before the pull-out

It is obviously visible that with an increasing pull-out displacement the amount of intact filaments
decreases. However, this failure process is not consistent over the cross-section of the strand but
different groups of filaments form together, which are finally pulled out. In Fig. 6.17 the FILT images
of all 4 specimens are given at the final strand-end displacement of about 1.7 mm. A comparison of
these FILT images shows the variety of results for these 3 replications, i.e. that different amounts of
filaments at different locations are left intact at the end of the pull-out tests. The results can be
evaluated with respect to the number of broken filaments and the location of the failure.

The results support the idea that the pull-out behaviour is controlled by a strong bonding of the
external filaments in the strand and a slip of the inner filaments, again influenced by the random and
therefore unpredictable penetration of matrix into the core [Maj1974, Bar1987, Cur2003]. In principle
this is not a surprise, although cement grains which measure approximately 10 µm can hardly
penetrate into the spaces (approximately 3 µm wide) between the filaments if the filaments are
assembled in a compact form. However, in many cases the original compact flattened bundle is
loosened during the placing and manufacturing, hence the matrix may penetrate up to a certain degree
into the core of the strand. Nevertheless, the formation of hydration products within the strand is
initially limited.

This uncontrolled penetration leads to a different formation of the inner and outer bond characteristics,
and hence the failure mechanism after exceeding the maximum pull-out load is described as a so-
called “telescopic failure”, i.e. a successive break down layer by layer from the sleeve to the core
filaments. After the tensile failure of the outer filament layers, a core of inner filaments is pulled out of
the strand.

Based on these evaluated results, the complex failure process of a pull-out test on a strand / cement
based matrix system may be sketched as presented in Fig. 6.7.

86 Two-sided em bedment test
There is a test which combines the advantage of the pullout test, i.e. to measure clearly the bond-stress
slip relation with the advantage of measuring real material behaviour like it occurs in a crack of a
reinforced element. The test specimen consists of a plate in which a fabric is embedded. The plate is
140 mm long and 70 mm wide and has the thickness of 10 mm. The specimen is cut from the edges in
such a way that only one roving is left intact in the middle of the specimen. The upper side of the
specimen is clamped in a toothed steel plate and the lower part is also clamped in another toothed steel
plate clamping device. The whole specimen is inserted in a tensile testing machine. Fig. 6.18 shows
the testing arrangement.

load cell

20.0 mm

70.0 mm

140.0 mm

test specimen

Fig. 6.18. Testing arrangement for the two-sided pullout test, left: schematic, right: half-opened.

During the test the crack opening of the specimen is measured by LVDT and can be plotted versus the
tensile load. A typical force displacement diagram is shown by Fig. 6.19.

120 Carbon, plain

bond stress per unit length P/(c-∆s*), N/mm

no prestressing
prestress 150 N/roving
100 prestress 250 N/roving

Carbon, epoxy impregnated

80 no prestressing
prestress 375 N/roving
prestress 625 N/roving

60 Carbon, epoxy impregnated and sand coated

prestress 300 N/roving



0 1 2 3 4
Slip ∆s*, mm

Fig. 6.19. Force slip diagram of carbon reinforced specimens with embedment length of 20 mm.

The figure shows a first part which consists of a mostly linear elastic behaviour up to a peak stress and
then a decay to a low value and a friction type remaining behaviour. The first part is due to the tight
embedment of the fabric in the concrete. When the peak stress is reached there is a slip at the shorter
part of the specimen with a final extraction of the roving from the concrete. The figure shows also the
influence of the type of roving and the prestressing of the roving. It can be seen that the specimen
which is epoxy impregnated and sand coated at the surface has the stiffest and greatest bond resistance
in the concrete. All the others are much lower, especially the ones which are not impregnated and not
sand coated.

Similar results have been obtained with AR-glass rovings. Fig. 6.20 shows that the non-impregnated
specimens have a very low maximum pullout force (only 20 N/mm). The impregnated ones have
values up to 60 N/mm and also after the roving starts to slip it has a relatively high residual pullout

bond stress per unit length P/(c-∆s*), N/mm

no prestressing
50 AR-glass, epoxy impregnated
no prestressing
45 prestress 150N/roving
40 prestress 300N/roving
0 1 2 3 4
slip ∆s*, mm

Fig. 6.20. Bond stress slip diagram of AR-glass reinforced specimens with embedment length of
20 mm.

The difference in the two rovings can be seen from Fig. 6.21. The left picture shows that there is a
inner portion of the roving which does not take part in the force transfer between concrete and roving.
The friction between the single filaments is very low and therefore force transmission cannot take
place. On the other hand the external filaments show excellent bond and therefore a small anchorage
length. This means that the descending branch of the not impregnated roving in Fig. 6.20 shows a
combination of friction of internal and fracture of external filaments.

External filaments Internal filaments

Fig. 6.21. AR-glass roving embedded in concrete, left: non-impregnated roving, right: impregnated

The right hand picture shows an impregnated roving. It can be seen that there are some voids inside
the roving (green area). On the other hand there is a full bond between concrete and roving and due to
the impregnation with epoxy resin there is also a very good force transmission between the sinlge

6.1.3 3D discrete bond model General consi derations

A great deal of research has been done recently to characterize bond behaviour of multifilament
elements in concrete but quite new innovations necessitate further research [Bra2000, Nam1989,
Ohn1994]. Moreover, quite a number of experimental investigations have been carried out to
understand bond behaviour of prestressed and/or impregnated textiles or rovings.

One parameter that may strongly influence the bond performance is the difference in the coefficient of
thermal expansion from that of steel or concrete. It is also known that transverse pressure improves
bond which is neglected in many bond models. However, this effect seems to be not important for
embedded multi-filament rovings which have not been fully infiltrated with cement due to voids
between the inner filaments. Despite of this the Poisson’s effect becomes significant and influences
the transverse stress field if the roving is impregnated and/or prestressed. Some test results of carbon
and AR glass reinforced and prestressed specimen are illustrated in the following chapter and are also
discussed in [Krü2001a].

For numerical studies the bond properties between textiles and concrete, discrete elements were used.
The bond model proposed by Ožbolt et al. [Ozb2002] has therefore been modified for textile
reinforcement and used together with solid finite elements in a 3D FE studies [Krü2002a].

In the numerical studies bond between the textiles and concrete was simulated by discrete bond
element that have recently been implemented into 3D FE code MASA [Ozb2002]. Concrete, which is
discretised by the three dimensional finite elements, is modelled by the microplane model [Ozb2001].
The bond elements connect the concrete finite elements with the reinforcement that is represented by
the truss finite elements (see Fig. 6.22). Only the degrees of freedom in the bar direction are
considered. However, beside the tangential stresses parallel to the bar direction, the radial stresses
perpendicular to the bar direction are generated as well. It is assumed that at a given slip the radial
stress depends on the geometry of the bar and the bar strain as well as on the geometry and the
boundary conditions of the concrete specimen. The interaction between tangential and radial stresses is
accounted for in three different ways: (i) directly, the shear stress depends on the non-local
(representative) radial stress obtained from the concrete elements close to the reinforcing bar, (ii) the
local strain of the bar element and its lateral expansion or extension and (iii) indirectly, in a way that
the larger shear stress (higher bond strength due to larger ribs or roughness of the bar element) cause
higher activation of stresses in the radial direction.

In the present model, splitting of concrete is indirectly accounted for. Namely the interaction between
shear and radial stresses results in corresponding tangential tensile stresses that causes cracking of the
surrounding non-linear concrete elements and, therefore, failure of bond resistance.


Bond element
(zero width)

Fibre element

Fig. 6.22. Bond elements with zero width [20] – reference is missing. Bond stress-s lip relation in a 2D consideration

The experimental evidence indicates that the load transfer between reinforcement and concrete is
accomplished through bearing of the reinforced steel lugs on surrounding concrete and through
friction [CEB1996]. As discussed by Reinhardt and Balazs [Rei1995], the total bond resistance can be
decomposed into two components: (i) mechanical interaction component τm, and (ii) friction
component τf. The friction component can be separated by αt into a residual friction τr and a virgin
friction τv component. The residual friction represents frictional resistance upon slip reversal whereas
the virgin friction component is due to the additional frictional resistance developed upon loading to
previously undeveloped slip levels. It is assumed that the tested textile reinforcement behaves
similarly as steel reinforcement does, with the difference that mainly the adhesion of the textile and
the roughness of the surface as well as lack of fit improve the mechanical bond instead of the steel
lugs. αt is set to 0.95 for the calculations.

Based on the experimental results [Eli1983, Mal1992] and as well documented by Lowes et al.
[Low2002], the bond slip relationship of steel reinforcement in concrete can be described by the
parameters that are summarized in Table 6.2. The same parameters are used for textile reinforcement,
but in a slightly different manner. The curve of the bond stress versus slip relationship used for the
numerical studies is illustrated in Fig. 6.23.

The parameter τm,0 and τf,0 represent the strength of the mechanical and frictional component (subscript
m and f), respectively, for the case of no confining pressure, no damage and elastically behaving
reinforcing bar element.

Table 6.2. Summary of the model parameters.

Description of the model parameter Model parameter
peak mechanical bond strength τm = τm,0 Ω [MPa]
peak frictional bond strength τf = τf,0 Ω [MPa]
peak virgin friction bond strength τf,v = (1-αt) τf [MPa]
peak residual friction bond strength τf,r = αt . τf [MPa]
secant to bond response curve for initial loading ksec [MPa/mm]
slip at which peak bond strength is achieved s1 = (τm+τf)/ksec [mm]
slip at which bond strength begins to decrease s2 = s1+s2* [mm]
slip at which mechanical bond resistance is lost s3 [mm]
tangent to the load-displacement curve upon kunload [MPa/mm]
initial tangent to the bond-slip response k1 [MPa/mm]
tangent to the bond-slip curve at peak resistance k2 = α ⋅ ksec [MPa/mm]
Ω see next chapter

Up to the slip s1 at which peak bond strength is reached (see Fig. 6.23), all response curves are defined
by Menegotto-Pinto (MP) equation [Men1973]. The curve defines a curve connecting two line
segments and it reads:

 1 R 

τ ( s ) = τ% ⋅ τ 0 = s% ⋅  b + (1 − b) ⋅    ⋅ τ0 (2)
  1 + s% R  

where b is the ratio between the target and initial tangents, τ% and s% are normalized stress and
displacement, respectively, and R defines the radius of the curvature. τ0 and s0 are the parameters to
calculate the absolute stress and displacement from the normalized parameters.

b= (3)

k 2 = α ⋅ k sec ant , with 0 ≤ α ≤ 1 (4)

s% = (5)

(k sec ant − k 2 ) (1 − α )
s 0 = s1 ⋅ = s1 ⋅ k sec ant ⋅ (6)
k1 − k 2 k1 − α ⋅ k sec ant

τ 0 = s 0 ⋅ k1 (7)

stress τ




ksecant Monotonic
τm τf=τf,r+τf,v



s0 s1 s2 s3 Slip s

Cyclic loading

Fig. 6.23. Bond stress-slip relation of the bond element model. Variation of b ond strength in a 3D stress field

A factor Ω (see Table 6.2) accounts for the dependency of the bond stress on the stress-strain state of
concrete and reinforcing bar in the vicinity of the bond zone. As a result, the two dimensional bond
stress versus slip relationship shown before is influenced by lateral expansion or extension in different
ways and becomes a three dimensional model.

The parameter Ω is calculated as shown in equation (8). Three parameters are considered: ΩS controls
the influence of the yielding of steel reinforcement on the bond response and is set to ΩS = 1 for textile
reinforcement; ΩC accounts for the influence of the lateral stresses between reinforcement and
concrete caused by the stress in concrete and the local strain of the bar element and its lateral
expansion or extension; Ωcyc controls the influence of the loading-unloading-reloading on the bond

Ω = Ω S ⋅ Ω C ⋅ Ω cyc (8)

As shown in equation (9) and Fig. 6.24, the parameter ΩC, which can theoretically vary between 0 and
2, accounts for two different effects. The first is the influence of the lateral strain of the stressed bar
element. The parameter hR is a constant that represents the surface roughness of the reinforcement bar.
Compared to the ribbed reinforcement, hR is close related to the height of the steel lugs. εs is the
reinforcement strain, ds = 2rs the bar diameter and µs is the Poisson’s ratio of the used reinforcement
element. The factor αr controls the influence of the radial concrete stress and for the calculations is set

to 1. The parameter αf controls the influence of the roughness of the reinforcement hR on the bond
response. In the present study it was set to 2.




-3,0 -2,0 -1,0 0,0 1,0 2,0 3,0

σR 1
, − αf ⋅µs ⋅ (εs − εp,0 ) ⋅
0,1⋅ fc rs2
( rs + hR )

Fig. 6.24. Definition of ΩC as a function of lateral stress and strain (left) and representative volume
(right) to calculate average radial stress.

The parameter εp,0 is the strain due to prestressing of reinforcement. Consequently in the case of
prestressing and non external loading the bond is increased only by the radial stress in concrete nearby
the reinforcing bar.

 
 σR 1

Ω c = 1, 0 + tanh  α r ⋅ − α f ⋅ µ s ⋅ ( ε s − ε p,0 ) ⋅  (9)
 
0,1 ⋅ f c rs
 1 − 
 ( rs + h R )2 

The influence of the radial stress in concrete in the vicinity of the reinforcing bar is accounted for by
an average radial stress σr perpendicular to the bar direction. The parameter fc is the uniaxial
compressive strength of concrete. In the finite element analysis the average radial stress associated to
the n-th bar element is calculated as:

1 N N

σr =
∑ σ r ∆Vi
with VR = ∑ ∆V i
i =1 i =1

where ∆ Vi denotes the volume which corresponds to the i-th integration point of the finite element
and σ ir the stress perpendicular to the reinforcement. N is a total number of integration points that fall
into a cylinder of a diameter D (see Fig. 6.24, right sketch). In the presented model D is assumed to be
three times a bar diameter (D ≈ 3 ds). In (10) VR is the representative volume, i.e. the volume of the
concrete cylinder of diameter D that is associated to the truss finite element which represents a
reinforcing bar.

Experiments show that for cycling loading-unloading-reloading the bond strength significantly
decreases with increase of number of loading cycles [Eli1983, Bal1991]. In the present model this
effect is accounted for by the factor Ωcyc that reads:

  Λ  

Ω cyc = exp  − 1.2 ⋅    (11)

  Λ 0  

where Λ is the accumulated shear energy dissipation and Λ0 is a constant representing the area under
the monotonic bond-slip curve of respective shear component. The above equation has been proposed
by Eligehausen [Eli1983] and it is based on a large number of cyclic test data of steel reinforced
concrete. Similar behavior seems also to be approximately valid for textile reinforced concrete,
however, it is not clarified up to now. Experimental and numerical investigations

High performance fine grain concrete

Due to high strength and large deformation capability of the used textiles and small sizes of the tested
specimens, it was considered to use high performance fine grain concrete (fc ≈ 90MPa, Ec ≈ 39GPa).
Criteria for this concrete were high early strength, low shrinkage, good workability (self compacting
and self levelling) and high adhesion and compatibility to the textile fabric. To meet this conditions
the concrete properties were chosen such as shown in Table 6.3. For more experimental detail see
Reinhardt and Krüger [Rei2001].


In the tests, three different textiles were used for comparing their bond properties and for seeking a
strong bond effect. The textiles used as reinforcements include carbon, AR glass and aramid textiles
with a warp knitted structure. In this paper we focused our attention on the carbon and AR glass


Zones of enclosed air

10 mm

Fig. 6.25. Details of an epoxy impregnated carbon fabric.

In the pull out and bending tests for the textile fabrics, it was found that the strength of textiles
embedded in concrete is much higher than that measured from direct tensile tests for a single roving.
This implies that there should be an embedding effect which could lead to enhance the strength of
textiles. The numerical results that show the strength enhancing effect of the textiles embedded in
concrete will be discussed in another paper.

In order to increase bond strength and improving the bond properties the textiles were impregnated
with an epoxy resin, see Fig. 6.25.

Tensile stress, N/mm²
Carbon, 0,04 %/min
4000 Carbon, 10 %/min
Carbon, Epoxy 0,04 %/min
Carbon, Epoxy 10 %/min
Carbon, theor. calc.
Aramid, 1 %/min
Aramid, Epoxy 1 %/min
AR glass, 0,04 %/min
AR glass, 10 %/min
AR glass, Epoxy 0,4 %/min
2000 AR glass, theor. calc.


0,0 0,5 1,0 1,5 2,0 2,5 3,0
Elongation, %

Fig. 6.26. Tensile stress-strain relations of textile rovings at different displacement rates.

The main characters of the carbon and AR glass textiles used in the tests are listed in Table 6.3. The
stress versus strain curves of single uncoated and epoxy impregnated carbon and AR glass rovings that
were directly cut out of the textile fabric and measured in direct tension tests are shown in Fig. 6.26. It
can be seen that the measured uniaxial tensile strength is about 1300 MPa for carbon and 2600 MPa
for epoxy impregnated carbon, respectively. This rather low strength is due to a low static fatigue
limit, imperfections in the material, stiffness of the clamping devices and also the damage caused by
the textile production and is not the true strength of the material itself. An equivalent behaviour can
also be observed from tests of the AR glass textiles. Comparison o f calculations and tests of textile reinforced elements in a pull-out test
There are a number of different effects, e.g. specimen shape or production process, that greatly
influences the bond performance of textile reinforcement in concrete. Consequently, a simple pull out
test seems to be inappropriate for analysing the bond behaviour of textile reinforced and also
prestressed concrete. For that reason it was decided to use a double side pull out test with adequate
confinement as can be seen in Fig. 6.27. For experimental details see [Krü2001a, Krü2002b]. Note that
the shown tests do not represent explicit pull out because the perpendicular rovings of the textile are
fixed with epoxy resin to the treated roving. However, this influence becomes mainly effective at a
higher slip value in the post peak area [Krü2001a].

As shown in Table 6.3, the main bond parameters were set to almost constant values for all
calculations. Note that the model is not calibrated at a large data set up to now so the parameters only
qualitatively show the performance of the model. Additionally, it has to be noted that the
reinforcement is assumed to be linear elastic for all the calculations, i.e. ΩS = 1, and no shrinkage is

L1 0.4
G1 0.375

Concrete elements 0.3

Steel plates connected to Simulated
concrete with contact crack
elements 0.
Textile reinforcement
X -0.05
Output Set: MASA3 20 CEP625040 -0.1

Fig. 6.27. Cross section of finite element mesh used for the calculation of pull out tests (with
exemplary volumetric stress).

As shown in the last chapter the bond performance of the model is influenced by ΩC which accounts
for: (i) the influence of radial stress obtained from the surrounding concrete elements and (ii) the
influence of reinforcement strain. To test the effects of these different influences numerical studies
have been carried out with an incremental implementation of these transverse reactions into the bond
model. Due to space limitations only the results obtained by the use of the complete bond model are

Table 6.3. Input data of material properties used in the numerical studies.
Carbon AR glass
Material properties epoxy impr. epoxy impr. Concrete
Prestress N/roving 0 625 0 300
Young’s modulus GPa 240 72 39.0
Compressive strength MPa - - 90.0
Tensile strength MPa 2600 1450 4.7
Mechanical bond strength τm MPa 10.1 10.1
Frictional bond strength τf MPa 5.0 5.0
Shear stiffness ksec MPa/mm 159 90
Initial stiffness k1 MPa/mm 500 500
Interlock stiffness k2 MPa/mm 48 27
Radius of the curvature R - 2.5 2.5
Slip S2* mm 0.03 0.03
Slip S3 mm 0.75 2.0
Reinforcement area mm² 0.93 0.95
Perimeter mm 3.418 4.6
Roughness hR mm 0.02 0.02


Load, N

Load, N
1200 1200 calculation, prestressed
calulation, prestressed
test result
test result
test result, prestressed
1000 test result, prestressed 1000

800 800

600 600

400 400

200 200

0 0
0,0 0,5 1,0 1,5 2,0 2,5 0,0 0,5 1,0 1,5 2,0 2,5
Slip, mm Slip, mm

Fig. 6.28. Calculated pullout load versus slip curves compared to exemplary test results (Carbon
left, AR glass right).

In Fig. 6.28 the results of the pull out stress versus slip are plotted. The input parameters were
calibrated mainly to fit the test results with no prestressing. As can be seen the calculations show good
agreement with the test results. For the analysis of the prestressed reinforced specimen no change in
the input parameters was made, therefore, the results of the numerical simulations show the influence
of ΩC that leads to a higher peak load.

A few numerical studies were carried out in which ΩC was set to constant (i.e. ΩC = 1). These
calculations showed almost the same peak load for prestressed and non prestressed state, however, the
slip was less for the prestressed state.

Tensile stress, MPa

simulated crack 15 simulated crack

Bond stress, MPa

1400 slip = 0.05 mm
slip = 0.22 mm (peak load) 10
1200 slip = 0.60 mm (post peak)
1000 slip = 1.20 mm (only friction)
600 slip = 0.05 mm
-10 slip = 0.22 mm (peak load)
-15 slip = 0.60 mm (post peak)
200 slip = 1.20 mm (only friction)
0 20 40 60 80 100 0 20 40 60 80 100
embedment depth z, mm embedment depth z, mm

AR (AR glass)
Tensile stress, MPa

simulated crack 15 simulated crack

Bond stress, MPa

1400 slip = 0.01 mm
slip = 0.02 mm 10
1200 slip = 0.60 mm (peak load) 5
1000 slip = 1.00 mm (post peak)
slip = 2.15 mm (pure friction) 0
-5 slip = 0.01 mm
600 slip = 0.02 mm
400 slip = 0.60 mm (peak load)
-15 slip = 1.00 mm (post peak)
200 slip = 2.15 mm (pure friction)
0 20 40 60 80 100 0 20 40 60 80 100
embedment depth z, mm embedment depth z, mm

CE-P (Carbon, prestressed with 675N/roving)

Tensile stress, MPa

simulated crack 15 simulated crack

Bond stress, MPa

1400 slip = 0.00 mm (prestress level)

slip = 0.05 mm 10
slip = 0.15 mm (peak load) 5
1000 slip = 0.30 mm (post peak)
slip = 0.80 mm (pure friction) 0
-5 slip = 0.00 mm (prestress level)
600 slip = 0.05 mm
-10 slip = 0.15 mm (peak load)
-15 slip = 0.30 mm (post peak)
200 slip = 0.80 mm (pure friction)
0 20 40 60 80 100 0 20 40 60 80 100
embedment depth z, mm embedment depth z, mm

AR-P (AR glass, prestressed with 300N/roving)

Tensile stress, MPa

15 simulated crack
Bond stress, MPa

slip = 0.00 mm (only prestressing) simulated crack

slip = 0.01 mm 10
1200 slip = 0.50 mm (peak load) 5
1000 slip = 1.00 mm (post peak)
slip = 2.15 mm (pure friction) 0
-5 slip = 0.00 mm (only prestressing)
600 slip = 0.01 mm
400 slip = 0.50 mm (peak load)
-15 slip = 1.00 mm (post peak)
200 slip = 2.15 mm (pure friction)
0 20 40 60 80 100 0 20 40 60 80 100
embedment depth z, mm embedment depth z, mm

Fig. 6.29. Calculated tensile stress and bond stress along the embedment depth.

Fig. 6.29 shows the influence of ΩC on the bond stress for unprestressed and prestressed
reinforcement. As can be seen the curves are typical for the bond performance of reinforcement. In the
calculated bond stress slip curves for prestressed reinforcements, shown in Fig. 6.29, the influence of
the reinforcement strain and of the radial stress of the concrete on the bond performance is also
obvious. Due to the prestressing of adhesive type, at initial state the reinforcement lateral strains are
negative (compression). Consequently, the contraction of reinforcement is less than in the case of
unprestressed reinforcement and therefore it does not result in such a large reduction of bond stresses,
or in other words, it leads to a higher peak load.

Another effect can be observed from the numerical simulation shown in Fig. 6.29. This is the effect of
loading-unloading on the bond response. In the proposed bond model, up to the slip of s = s1 bond
performance is assumed to be elastic in case of unloading. If s becomes greater than s1 the descending
branch with the stiffness kunload and resultant residual friction is taken into account for unloading. For
the given input parameters shown in Table 6.3, s1 can be calculated as 0.167 mm for AR glass.

Therefore this effect can be clearly seen for the bond stress of AR glass in the post peak area (i.e.
slip = 1.00 mm or slip = 2.14 mm) in Fig. 6.29. Here the bond stress is negative at embedment depth
of about 80 mm, which means that the elastic bond is destroyed.

The benefit of the presented bond model becomes obvious if one considers different types of
reinforcements, e.g. different diameter, surface structures or steel lugs and stress strain properties. It is
a useful tool for study different influences of diverse reinforcements on the bond performance and
consequently on the structural performance of miscellaneous reinforced concrete structures. It is
assumed that the general parameters of the bond stress slip-relation shown in Fig. 6.22 mainly depend
on the concrete parameters and can be set to constant values for a group of reinforcement elements of
the same type. This can be for example a set of steel bars of different diameter or textile reinforcement
type with different Young’s modulus but almost the same surface roughness.

6.1.4 Pullout behavior of a fabric - testing and results Introduction
Fabrics are often viewed as a means for incorporating long and aligned fibers (yarns) in the composite,
and the mechanics of the composite is simply treated in terms of a composite reinforced with
continuous fibers. Thus, the main parameters considered are the bulk properties of the yarn and the
bond of single yarns to the matrix. In a range of studies carried out in recent years it was demonstrated
that the geometry of the fabric can have a significant influence on the nature of bonding, which
sometimes outweighs that of other parameters. These influences are of special nature when the
cementitious matrix is considered. The present document provides a summary of the main influences
characterised in these studies, as well as a compilation of the reports published [Ben1997, Pel1997,
Pel1998a, Pel1998b, Pel1998c, Pel2000a, Pel2003a, Pel2002a, Pel2002b, Pel1994, Pel1995,
Pel2003b, Ben1999, Ben2000]. Geometry of fabrics

Two types of fabrics were examined in this work (Fig. 6.30): woven fabric (plain weave) and weft
insertion warp knitted fabric. In the woven fabric the warp and the fill (weft) yarns pass over and
under each other resulting in a crimped shape for the yarns in the fabric (Fig. 6.30 a). In the weft
insertion knitted fabric the yarns in the warp direction are knitted into stitches to assemble together the
straight yarns in the weft. Polyethylene (PE) mono-filament (a continuous fiber) was used to produce
the woven fabrics (Fig. 6.30 b). High density polyethylene (HDPE) in the form of bundled yarns was
used to produce the weft insertion knit fabrics. The properties of the fibers are presented in Table 6.4.

Table 6.4. Bond characteristics of a single straight yarn and yarn in the fabric
Yarn Type Modulus of Number of Bond per unit external bundle Bond of yarn in a fabric
Elasticity filaments in a surface relative to the bond of a
bundle straight yarn**
(MPa) (MPa)
Single Straight Fabric
7 yarns/cm*
PE (woven) 1760 1 0.17 1.2 700%
5 yarns/cm* 0.73 430%
PP (knit) 6900 100 3.5 2.8 80%
HDPE (knit) 55000 900 11.5 1.8 15%
* Density of yarns perpendicular to reinforcing direction
Note that the knit fabrics are weft insertion type
** calculated per single filament

Fill Yarns
Varied Density
5, 7, 10 yarns/cm Warp

Warp Yarns

(a) Constant (b)

22 yarns/cm


Wave length
Pullout direction

Fig. 6.30. The different fabrics: (a) woven fabric (plain weave), and (b) weft insertion knit fabric.

An additional parameter evaluated in this series of studies was the density of the woven fabrics. The
density of the fabrics was varied by changing the density of the yarns perpendicular to the applied load
(fills): 5, 7 or 10 fills per cm; the warps’ density was kept constant at 22 warps per cm. It should be
noted that the fabric density affects several characteristics: the crimped structure of the warp yarns in
the woven fabric, the number of joints and the penetrability of the cementitious matrix into the fabric.
These characteristics can influence the bond capacity with the cement matrix.

In order to better understand the influences of the yarn itself, individual straight yarns and crimped
yarns untied from the woven fabrics were used to prepare reinforced cement composites.

100 Testing
The evaluation of the composite bond characteristics was based on pull-out tests of the original
straight yarn, yarn untied from the fabric and the fabric itself. The pull-out tests were carried out in an
Instron testing machine at a crosshead rate of 15 mm/min. Schematic description of the test set-up is
presented in Fig. 6.31.

Pulled Pulled
15 mm
Yarn Yarn
10 mm


Fig. 6.31. Pullout setup for single yarn and fabric.

Load-slip curves were recorded. In both cases, fabrics and straight yarn, the whole bundle of filaments
was pulled out. The test results are an average of at least 5 specimens. The average shear bond strength
between the yarn and the cement matrix was calculated, assuming the yarn to be a single reinforcing
unit with a diameter equal to that of the whole bundle. The implied assumption here is that there is no
penetration of the cement matrix in between the filaments of the bundle. Bonding and pull-out - results and discussion

Fabric structure

The calculated average bond strength values of a single yarn and a yarn in fabric are presented in
Table 6.4. The trends are different in both cases for single yarns and for the fabrics [Pel1998c,
Pel2002a, Pel2003a, Pel2002b, Pel1994, Pel1995, Ben1999, Ben2000, Pel2003b]. For the single
yarns, although the surfaces of the different yarns tended to be similar and smooth, there were marked
differences in the bond values, 11.5 MPa for the HDPE compares with only 3.5 MPa and 0.17 MPa of
the PP and PE, respectively. This behaviour in bond of the single yarns can be attributed to the
influence of the bulk mechanical properties of the fibers, with the yarns with higher modulus
exhibiting higher bond strength (Fig. 6.32).


Bundle Bond Strength, MPa



0 20000 40000 60000
Modulus of Elasticity, MPa

Fig. 6.32. Effect of modulus elasticity of the yarn on its bond strength with cement matrix.

This type of behaviour is consistent with mechanism such as clamping and Poisson effects which have
been suggested to account for a variety of bonding effects. On the other hand, in the actual fabric, no
clear correlation between bond and modulus of elasticity could be established (Table 6.4). The bond
strength of the high modulus HDPE fabric is relatively low, only 1.8 MPa compared with the bond
strength of the low modulus PP fabric, 2.8 MPa.

These differences can be attributed to several geometrical characteristics: the crimped shape in the
fabric form which tends to increase bond, and the multi-filament nature in some of the fabrics which
tends to decrease bond due to the limited penetration of the matrix [Pel1998a, Pel1998b, Pel2000a,
Pel2003a]. These characteristics can account for the increase in bond in the woven fabric (430 to
700% in Table 6.4) and for the reduction in the knitted fabric, where the yarns remain straight but in a
multi-filament geometry (80% and 15% in Table 6.4).

Crimped yarn geometry

For a better understanding of the influence of the crimp geometry of the individual yarn in the woven
fabric on the bond with cement matrix, the pullout behaviour of different crimped yarns untied from
the different woven fabrics was studied [Ben1997, Pel2000a, Pel2003a, Pel2002a, Pel2002b, Pel1994,
Pel1995, Ben1999, Ben2000, Pel2003b]. These crimped yarns had different crimp densities, similar to
the density of the woven fabrics. When considering the effects of the crimp shape of the yarns, two
parameters should be taken into account: the wave amplitude and the wave length (Fig. 6.30 a).
Fig. 6.33 a shows the pullout behaviour of two crimped yarns with different amplitudes, having similar
wave length. The maximum pullout resistance is greater for the crimped yarn with the larger
amplitude, i.e., for the yarn with the 0.13 mm amplitude. Such improvement indicates that the wave
amplitude has a major contribution to the bonding.

A linear correlation could be established when plotting the pullout resistance per one wave versus the
wave amplitude of the different crimped yarns (Fig. 6.33 b) [Ben1997, Pel1998a, Pel2003a,


Maximum Pullout Load per One


Wave, N



0.6 N 0.1 N
0 0.03 0.06 0.09 0.12 0.15
Wave Amplitude, mm

Fig. 6.33. Effects of wave amplitude on the pullout resistance of untied crimped yarns: (a) load-
displacement response of crimped yarns with different wave amplitude, (b) maximum
pullout load per one wave verses wave amplitude of different crimped yarns.

The different amplitudes were achieved by the different crimps density of the yarns and by applying
pretension on the crimped yarn during the production of the pullout specimens (0.1N and 0.6N). The
linear regression obtained from the data in Fig. 6.33 b is:

P = 8 * Amp + 0.18 (12)

Where: P = the pullout resistance per one wave (N), Amp = the crimped yarn amplitude (mm),
0.18 = constant which reflects the contribution of the straight yarn per unit length. The linear
correlation coefficient of this relation is 0.88.

Based on this relation the maximum pullout resistance, Pmax, per unit length can be calculated by
multiple the pullout resistance per one wave in Eq. (12) by the number of waves per unit length:

le le
Pmax = p = (8 * Amp + 0.18) (13)
λ λ

When Pmax = the total pullout resistance (N), le = embedded length (mm), λ = wave length (mm).

The maximum pullout resistance, Pmax, was calculated by substituting the geometrical values of the
different crimped yarns into Eq. 13. Comparison of the calculated and the experimental values is
presented in Fig. 6.34 a, showing an excellent agreement for both embedded lengths, 10 mm and 20

The same empirical approach can be applied to calculate the contribution of the crimped yarns to the
overall bonding of the woven fabric, substituting in the equations the observed geometrical
characteristics of the yarns [Pel1998c, Pel2003a, Pel2003b]. The results of such a calculation are
shown in Fig. 6.34 b. The fact that the calculated values are only slightly lower than the experimental
results, suggests that most of the pullout resistance in the woven fabric can be attributed to the crimped
geometry of its individual yarns. Only a small contribution can be related to the fabric structure, i.e.
perhaps some anchoring offered by the perpendicular yarns [Pel1997, Pel1998c, Pel2003a].


12 (a)
Maximum Pullout Load, N

20 mm

6 10 mm

2 Experimental Calculated
0 5 10 15 20
Crimps Density, 1/cm

Experimental Calculated
Maximum Pullout Load, mm

Contribution of
12 fabric structure
Contribution of
Straight yarn crimped geometry
6 of the yarn

0 2 4 6 8 10 12
Fills Density, 1/cm

Fig. 6.34. Comparison between the calculated maximum pullout resistance values and the
experimental results of: (a) untied crimped yarns and (b) woven fabrics. Conclusions
Different trends were found when comparing the bond strength values of a single yarn and a yarn in
fabric. A straight forward correlation was found between bond strengths and the modulus elasticity of
the single yarns, with the yarns having higher modulus exhibiting higher bond strength. No clear
correlation between bond and modulus of elasticity could be established with the fabrics.

In the case of fabrics other parameters should also be considered such as the geometry of the fabric. It
was shown that the woven fabric structure significantly improves the bonding with cement matrix,
compared to its straight yarn which is not in a fabric form. The crimped geometry of the individual
yarn within the woven fabric was found the have the major contribution to its bonding, due to a strong
anchoring effect.

6.1.5 Bond of fabrics Pullout testin g (setup)

A bond between the cement matrix and various fabrics: knit PP made from bundle, woven PVA made
from bundle and bonded AR glass coated with epoxy, was studied, using pullout tests. The pullout
tests were carried out using an Instron testing machine at a cross-head rate of 0.25 mm/sec. The test
was continued until embedded fabric was completely pulled out. Eight yarns were pulling out from
each fabric embedded in the cement matrix. The set up of these tests is presented in the following

Pulled out
Fabric Free length

Free Fabric Length length



Fig. 6.35. Setup for the pullout testing. Pullout result s

A bond between the cement matrix and various fabrics: knit PP made from bundle, woven PVA made
from bundle and bonded AR glass coated with epoxy, was studied, using pullout tests. Impregnated
fabrics using the pultrusion process (pultruded) were compared to non impregnated fabrics (cast).
Straight single PP bundles were also tested for comparison, impregnated and non-impregnated in the
cement bath.

No significant influence of the production process on pullout resistance and bond strength was
observed with the glass composites (Fig. 6.36). However, the pullout resistance of the pultruded
systems (impregnated fabrics) was much greater than the pullout resistance of the cast systems (non
impregnated fabrics) for both PVA and PP fabrics. The pultrusion process was found to be beneficial
only when fabrics were used by improving the bond between the fabric and the cement matrix,
whereas not such improvement in bonding was developed when only single bundle was used (not in a

fabric form). The results obtained in this work suggest better bond of the PP fabric with the cement
matrix. This improved bonding of the PP fabric system was extremely high when comparing the two
pultruded systems, PP and glass.

This improvement was explained based on the following: when the PP fabric was passed through the
cement chamber during the pultrusion process, the impregnation process helped fill the spaces
between the filaments of the bundled yarns made up the fabrics as well as the loops of the stitches with
the cement matrix, leading to improve mechanical anchoring and bonding. On the other hand, the
bundles in glass fabric were impregnated with epoxy prior to fabric production and the yarns at the
junction points were glued together, these can prevent matrix penetration in between the filaments
even when the pultrusion process was used. Therefore, the pultrusion process did not show a
significant influence on the mechanical performance of the glass composite.

300 300
Pultrusion Cast (b) PVA
250 250
Cast L=7.6 mm
Pullout Load, N
Pullout Load, N

200 200

(a) Glass 150
L=12.7 mm
100 100

50 50

0 0
0 3 6 9 12 0 3 6 9 12
Slip, mm Slip, mm

Pullout Load, N



(c) PP
L=12.7 mm
0 3 6 9 12
Slip, mm
Fig. 6.36. Pullout load – slip response of the different fabrics: (a) glass, L = 12.7 mm, (b) PVA
L = 7.6, (c) PP L = 12.7 mm. Microstructu re of pullout specimens

The microstructure of knitted PP fabrics embedded in the cement matrix was observed by SEM
produced by two processing methods, pultrusion and casting. A good penetration of the cement matrix
in between the reinforcing filaments of the bundle is observed for the pultruded fabric (Fig. 6.37 a).
Much poorer penetration is observed with the cast composite, leaving empty spaces in between the
filaments of the bundle (Fig. 6.37 b). Good penetration of cement matrix is also seen in between the
stitches of the pultruded composite. The matrix fills the spaces between the filaments of the stitches as
well as in between the loops (Fig. 6.37 c). The penetration in the case with the cast composites is not
good. Here the loops are relatively empty as well as the spaces between the filaments of the stitches
(Fig. 6.37 d).

The grooves of the pulled out yarns after the pullout process for cast and pultruded PP systems were
also observed and presented in Fig. 6.38. A relatively smooth surface without substantial damage for
the cement matrix is observed for the cast system (Fig. 6.38 a), while a rough and damaged matrix at
the fabric matrix interface is observed with the pultruded composite (Fig. 6.38 b). This suggests strong
friction forces during the pullout process of the pultrusion system compared to lower friction forces
developed with the cast composites.

These observations suggest good bonding between the pultruded fabric and the cement matrix as also
observed by the pullout tests, for knitted PP fabric.

(a) (b)

(c) (d)

Fig. 6.37. SEM micrographs of reinforcing yarns in PP fabric embedded in cement of the two
processing methods: a) pultrusion and b) casting.

(a) (b)

Fig. 6.38. The groove of the pulled out PP yarn: a) casting, b) pultrusion.

107 Pullout mode ling
A model to predict the pullout response of fabric from cement matrix was developed. This model for
prediction of the pullout response was based on a modified shear lag theory approach. The model for
the pullout a fabric from cement matrix is more complicated than that of single straight yarn due to the
restraint offered by the yarns perpendicular to load direction and the nature of the connection of the
yarns in the fabric. Fig. 6.39 presents a schematic model of the anchorage provided by the yarns
perpendicular to load direction. It is expected that the mode of failure in these composites is governed
by a sequential stages of debonding and failure of anchoring points as the cracks propagate from each
junction of the connecting yarns to the next (Fig. 6.39).

Matrix fabric

Pulled out yarn

Bonded Yarn perpendicular

fabric to load direction
Fig. 6.39. A schematic model of the anchorage provided by the yarns in the fabric which
perpendicular to the load direction during pullout of fabric.

During debonding the following sequence of events are expected to take place as the load is increased:
a) debonding along the length of the loaded yarn until the next junction of the yarns in the fabric is
reached, b) support offered by the yarn perpendicular to the load direction in carrying the load through
bending, and c) failure of the joint of the fabric, followed by extension of the debonding to the next
perpendicular yarn.

The model developed in this study was considered the yarns perpendicular to loading as a beam on
elastic foundation subjected to a concentrated load. The stiffness of the yarns was calculated from
those calculations and used as spring elements carrying load only at the junctions (Fig. 6.39). Various
fabrics were experimentally studied and correlated with this model. Fig. 6.40 presents the comparison
of pullout response of the calculated and experiment data.

200 80
(b) PP (c) PE
70 Expt.
Math. Yarn
150 Math. Yarn 60 Math. Woven
Math. Woven
Load (N)

Load (N)
100 40
50 20
0 0
0 2 4 6 8 10 12 0 4 8 12 16 20 24
Deformation (mm) Deformation (mm)

Fig. 6.40. Mathematical and experimental results of PP and PE fabrics.


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6.2 Mechanical Behaviour of Textile Reinforced Concrete
Josef Hegger, Norbert Will, Institute of Structural Concrete, Aachen University, Germany

ABSTRACT: abstract is missing

6.2.1 Introduction
Textile reinforced concrete (TRC) is a new composite material which is reinforced by technical
textiles made out of yarns/rovings. The development of TRC is based on the fundamentals of glass
filament reinforced concrete with short filaments (Fig. 6.41). Similar to ordinary reinforced concrete
structures the filaments are aligned in the direction of the tensile stresses which leads to an increase in
their effectiveness. The load-carrying capacity increases compared to short filament concrete. This
reduces the costs of the still expensive high performance filaments.

steel reinforced concrete fiber-reinforced concrete textile reinforced concrete

concrete glass fibers (short fibers) textile

steel reinforcement

Fig. 6.41. Reinforcing systems of concrete.

The reinforcement of concrete with technical textiles extends its application to completely new fields.
Because of the corrosion resistance of the textile materials, thick concrete covers as known in ordinary
reinforced concrete are no longer needed [Heg2001, Cur2003]. Thus, slender structural members with
a wall thickness of 10 mm are possible. In addition, fine grain concrete matrices guarantee an even and
sharp-edged high quality surface, so that TRC is predestinated for architectural applications. Although
the knowledge about the load bearing behavior of TRC is still limited, applications such as cladding
panels [Heg04 – reference is missing] and integrated framework systems [Bra2003] have already been

The used materials and the possible production methods of textile-reinforced concrete are presented in
other contributions of this session. The calculation of elements and structures demands detailed
knowledge of the load-bearing behaviour of the composite material. Indeed this resembles that of steel
reinforced concrete, however, it is influenced more by the bond of the textile reinforcement with the
fine concrete. Therefore, near the material behaviour the cracking behaviour, the load-bearing
capacity, the deformation behaviour and the durability are examined. The calculation models currently
being developed will lead to a better understanding of the failure mechanisms of TRC-structures.
Based on these models, design rules and safety concepts can be set up in the future.

6.2.2 Specific features in the load bearing behaviour
Neither the load-bearing performance nor the deformation behaviour has been investigated in detail
yet. Cracks will appear systematically in textile-reinforced concrete because of the low tensile strength
of the concrete. The knowledge of this cracking process is of crucial importance in calculating the
load-bearing capacity, the deformation behaviour and the limiting values in designing the
serviceability. The load deformation behaviour of textile-reinforced concrete under uniaxially loading
(Fig. 6.42) corresponds basically to the reinforced concrete.

state I uncracked concrete)

state Iia state Iib state III
cracking formation stabilized crack pattern
stress [N/mm²]



strain [‰]

Fig. 6.42. Stress-strain diagram of textile-reinforced concrete under uniaxially loading.

The stiffness of the uncracked composite material (state I) corresponds nearly to the E-modules of the
fine concrete. Exceeding the concrete tensile strength the state of first cracking is reached and whole
tension force in the crack is carried by the reinforcement. With an increasing of the tension force
additional cracks occur (cracking formation phase - state IIa). Due to the bond between filaments and
concrete forces are initiated in the concrete, until the tensile strength of the concrete is reached once
more. The cracking distance and the crack width are determined by the reinforcement and their bond
charateristics between reinforcement and concrete. The stress-strain curve shows during the cracking
formation phase a very low increase. In the state of stabilized crack pattern (state IIb) no further cracks
occur. By a load increase the filaments are strained up to the strength of the filaments. The stress-
strain curve proceeds parallel to the naked textile. The difference is called tension stiffening effect.

A ductile deformation area (state III) does not appear in the tensile tests with textile-reinforced
concrete, because the used materials (AR-glass, Carbon) show no ductile capacity. A virtually ductile
capacity which can be observed in tests can be explained by the fact that failure is primarily
determined by a pull-out failure of the textile reinforcement of the concrete and not by the tensile
strength capacity. Thus the postbreak behaviour shows no increase of the load-carrying capacity.

Cracking is determined not only by the stress but also by the bonding action between the textile rein-
forcement and the concrete matrix. Modelling the load-bearing behaviour shall differentiate between
the microscopic bonding behaviour which describes the physical interaction between the raw materials
used (textiles and concrete) discretely and in detail, and the macroscopic bonding behaviour to
describe the influence on the load-bearing performance of whole members.

The present investigations [Heg1998, Heg2001, Cur2003] showed that the tensile strength of the
filaments in the composite material “textile reinforced concrete” can differently than a concrete steel
reinforcement not be fully exploited (Fig. 6.43).

Bond Behaviour
Load Bearing Capacity

Slashing Product

Concrete Matrix
Roving / Yarn

Fibre Slope



Tests on Textiles Tests on Textile Reinforced Elements

Fig. 6.43. Comparison of the tensile strength of a fiber bundle (roving) with the tensile load bearing
capacity of a textile-concrete-composite section [Heg01].

Damages of the filament material during the textile manufacturing processes, the bond characteristics
of the filament bundles in the concrete, the filament adjustment and the surface finish of the fibers can
be reasons for this. Thus – deviating from steel reinforced concrete – the bond behaviour of the
filament bundles (rovings) has a determining influence on the load-bearing capacity of the composite
material. Because the rovings form no homogeneous cross section, a direct analogy is not possible to
the bond behaviour of steel in concrete.

6.2.3 Bond in structural elements Testing
ToDo: Aachen University, Dresden University, Prof. Reinhardt Bond qualitie s

Like as every composite material the load-bearing behaviour of textile-reinforced concrete cannot be
derived only from the qualities of the used materials, also the bond behaviour of the reinforcing
material has to be considered. The bonding behaviour of textiles is totally different from other
reinforcement materials like e. g. steel because of the not homogeneous cross section of the filament
strands (rovings) (Fig. 6.44).

Fig. 6.44. Sleeve and core filaments of a roving CemFil 2400.

The textiles consist of yarns/rovings, which are made up in turn of long fibers, called filaments in
following. In principle a distinction between two groups of filaments in a multifilamentyarn/matrix
system has to be made.– sleeve filaments in direct contact with the concrete matrix consist of a better
bond performance than core filaments which are stressed only indirectly by bonding because of the
protection from the concrete by sleeve filaments (Fig. 6.45). So additionally to the bond behaviour of
the reinforcement in the cement stone matrix also the bond between the filaments plays an important


strain of sleeve filaments

strain of core
strain of matrix

crack Component length

core filaments
sleeve filaments internal bond external bond
Fig. 6.45. left: Magnified view of a strand consisting of 100 filaments (∅ 14 µm) and stress transfer
through sleeve and core filaments right: Internal and external bond in a tension element.

After cracking, the tensile stress within the cracked cross-section is carried entirely by the filaments.
The distribution in the strain differs because of the difference in bonding behaviour between sleeve
and core filaments. The sleeve filaments with the higher bond stiffness need a shorter transfer length
in comparison with core filaments in order to reach the same elongation at the crack (Fig. 6.45). It is
the aim of the present research to develop models which are able to describe the different bond
characteristics of an technical textile in a fine-concrete. Besides the experimental investigations by
pull-out, tensile and bending tests numerical models are examined.

117 Bond models
Ohno and Hannant [Ohn1994] have developed a mechanical model that takes into account the
displacement in two border layers –the filament-matrix interface and the filament-filament interface as
shown in Fig. 6.45.

Based on this easy model some aspects of the load bearing behaviour of textile-reinforced concrete
can be already explained. Using a few crude simplifications such as a rectangle bond stress–slip
relationship in the contact surface matrix-filament or filament-filament stress-strain curves of tensile
elements can be calculated. For this purpose the proportion of the cross section of the core and sleeve
filaments has to be determined as well as the bond strength in tests. Indeed, only a qualitative
statement is possible to the strains of the core and sleeve filaments.

Present experimental investigations show that the load-bearing behaviour of a multifilament yarn is
determined considerably by his bond behaviour. These multifilament-yarn consist from a huge number
of filaments which show about the length as well as about the cross section varying bond
characteristics to the surrounding matrix as well as to neighbouring filaments (Fig. 6.46).

Fig. 6.46. Mikrotomographic exposure of a multifilament yarn in fine concrete [Len02].

Through this a high scatter in the results occurs between different tests of the same series which
cannot be eliminated. Brameshuber/Banholzer [Ban2004, Bra2001] comment on these problems. To
characterize the bond behaviour of a multifilament yarn in the pull-out test, the authors divided in
different partial mechanisms, e.g., the bond behaviour between filament and matrix (external bond)
[Ban2004a], the bond behaviour the filaments (internal bond) [Bra2001a] as well as the proportion of
core and sleeve filaments [Bra2001b]. Analytic and numerical models are used here. If all parameters
and factors are known including their statistical distribution, a model with sufficient number of free
parameter can be developed to recalculate a pull-out test..

Based on observations in the scanning electron microscope Schorn [Sch2003] introduces the
“Adhesive cross linkage model” as a bond model (Fig. 6.47).

!!! Translation!!!


Lw schubsteife Haftbrücken


Lw schubweiche Haftbrücken


Haftbrücken zwischen
!!! Translation!!!
Fig. 6.47. Adhesive cross linkage model by Schorn [Sch03].

In this model all filaments of the yarn are not continuously, but by means of adhesive cross linkages of
the cement connected together and with the fine concrete. The adhesive cross linkages exist as a rule
of fine hydration elements of the cement. According to their sort and position the filaments dispose of
differently big deformation lengths between two neighbouring situated adhesive cross linkages. If the
first crack occurs in the fine concrete the filaments with the lowest deformation lengths fail at first,
which reach at first the elongation at rupture and therefore the tensile strength. Their load has to be
carried by the remaining filaments which got still reserves because of bigger deformation lengths.
With increasing crack width further filaments fail successively by tensile failure, if they have reached
their elongation at rupture according to her effective deformation length. The load-deformation
behaviour of the yarns crossing the crack can be explained and predicted by the distribution of all
effective deformation lengths about all filaments in the reinforcement cross section.

Link to chapter 6.1 “Bond” (state of art report)

6.2.4 Load-carrying capacity parameter (experimental investigations) General rema rks

The load bearing behaviour of textile-reinforced concrete is mainly influenced by the parameters
shown in Fig. 6.48.

σ Beton

Feinbeton Zugkraft ε

F Bewehrungs- σ Filament/Garn/Textil F Verbund Bewehrungs-

grad Herstellungsbedingte richtung
Carbon Schädigung α

ρl ε s α

Geometrie Filamentgarn
F F mit Beschichtung F Feinbeton 1
innerer/äußerer Hybridgarne
Verbund Feinbeton 2
s s s

Fig. 6.48. Parameters on the load-bearing behaviour of textile-reinforced concrete.

Extensive experimental and theoretical investigations are currently carried out at the RWTH Aachen
University to determine the load bearing behaviour of textile reinforced concrete. Therefore, the effect
of different fiber materials (e. g. alcali resistant glass (AR Glass), carbon and aramide), different fiber
bundle (roving) and fabric geometries, coatings and concrete properties are examined in tension and
bending tests. Another central aspect is the influence of two-dimensional tension states on the load-
carrying capacity of the textile reinforcement. This occurs in many cases, due to the deviation between
the direction of the reinforcement and the loading which appear, e.g., in the web of profiled beams
(Fig. 6.49).

biaxial loading



sloped crack

Fig. 6.49. Biaxial action on the reinforcement in the shear area. Test setup

Tests programme SFB 532 (Aachen University)

Tests programme SFB 528 (DresdenUniversity)

Flexure Performance Peled/Bentur

Other test programmes (??)

The textile reinforcement fabrics for the test series (Table 6.5) made out of AR-glass, carbon or
aramide fibers were designed and manufactured by the Institute of Textile Technology, RWTH
Aachen University.

Table 6.5. AR-glass / carbon fiber fabrics used in tests (examples).

!!! Table of used textiles!!!

They differ in the roving thickness and the mesh size. σmax is determined as the average value of 10
tensile tests on 125 mm long parts of rovings taken from the fabric. The loading has been applied with
a deformation rate of 10 mm/min. The values for σmax are only reference values because the test results
consider on the deformation rate and the length of the specimen. The properties of the fine-grained
concrete used for the specimens are given in Table 4.2 and Table 4.4.

Previous tests [Cur1998, Ohn1994] showed that the tensile strength of the embedded fibers in the
composite material textile reinforced concrete cannot be fully exploited. Reasons for this are damage
of the fibers during the textile manufacturing processes, the bond characteristics of the rovings in the

concrete, the fiber adjustment and the surface finish of the fibers. For determining the tensile load
bearing capacity of the composite the test specimen shown in Fig. 6.50 are used.

top view


65 135 135 65
200 50 400 50 200
900 [mm]

husked steel sheet

textile reinforcement
side view


load introduction zone measurement range load introduction zone

Fig. 6.50. Geometry and experimental arrangement of the tensile tests.

Strains were measured directly on the specimens using LVDT‘s. The loading was applied with a
constant deformation rate of 1 mm/min. In order to examine the influence of the fiber orientation, in
one test-series the fabrics were turned around 22.5°, 45.0°, 67.5° and 90.0° with respect to the
direction of the tensile stresses. In addition, four-point-bending tests have been carried out to
determine the load bearing capacity of textile reinforced concrete structures under bending loading.
The influence of the reinforcement quantity on the load bearing capacity and on the effectiveness of
the fibers was examined by varying the reinforcement ratio. The specimens geometry and the test set-
up is shown in Fig. 6.51. The tests have been repeated two times, so that each test-series with its
specific material combination and test set-up consists of three tests.

5,6 12

Load cell

reinforcement 18

Strain gauge

12 5,6


300 300 300 110

1000 [mm] [mm]

Fig. 6.51. Test set-up of four-point-bending test and profile geometry. Results
Tests programme SFB 532 (Aachen University, new data available in December 2004))

Tests programme SFB 528 (DresdenUniversity)

Flexure Performance ─ Peled/Bentur (data available. results will be worked in 01/2005)

Rheology ─ Peled/Mobasher (data available. results will be worked in 01/2005)

Other test programmes (??)

Detailed presentations of the investigations are given in [Heg2001, Heg2002, Cur2002, Cur2003]. The
research results show that the load-bearing capacity is mainly influenced by the interaction between
internal and external bond of the yarns (Fig. 6.45). The direct contact of the filaments with the
concrete matrix delivers on the one hand high bond firmness and, on the other hand, is responsible for
the damaging influence of the alkalinity on glass-filaments. It could be shown that basically the
filaments with direct contact with the matrix determine the bond behaviour. Textile fabrics made out
of yarns with a big diameter showed worse load-bearing behaviour compared to yarns with a relatively
small diameter. Hence, with thinner yarns more filaments had directly contact with the fine concrete
matrix. A mutual impact of the rovings by the multi-layer reinforcement arrangement is not derivable from the
test results.

Influence of fabric material

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Influence of form of the cross-section

Investigations in [Mol2001] have shown that the form of the textile reinforcement cross-section has a
substantial influence on the load bearing capacity. This is also confirmed by tests as shown in
Fig. 6.52, where the results of tensile tests are given.

Reinforcement stress [MPa]




200 MAG-03-03


0,0 1,0 2,0 3,0 4,0 5,0 6,0
Strain [‰]

Fig. 6.52. Stress - strain curve of textile reinforced concrete in tensile tests.

With a roving embedded in the concrete, the filaments, which are in direct contact with the concrete
matrix, transfer higher bond forces than the filaments which are located inside a roving. Thus, fiber
bundles with a large diameter indicate worse load bearing characteristics compared to rovings with
small reinforcement diameters, which have a more favorable cross-section area to perimeter ratio. It is
obvious that the fabric MAG-01-03 consisting of the finest rovings reaches the highest utilization of

the fibers. With increasing roving thickness, the ultimate strength of the textile reinforcement

The own tests with textiles 1 and 2, which indicate different refinements of the rovings in 0°-direction
with the same fiber reinforcement degree, confirm the context described before (Fig. 6.53). The
effectiveness of the textile reinforcement is increasing with the increasing ratio of perimeter to area. In
fig. 6 the fiber efficiency is confronted to the quotient from perimeter to cross-section area (Ut =
perimeter of a roving).

!!New Summarizing graph !!


0,5 textile 1

textile 2
Fctu / At ⋅ σmax





1,0 1,5 2,0 2,5 3,0 3,5 4,0

Ut / At [1/mm]
!!New Summarizing graph !!
Fig. 6.53. Influence of cross section geometry rovings on the fiber effectiveness.

It is recognised that the test samples reinforced with textile 1 allow a substantially higher utilisation of
the fibers.

Influence of the reinforcement ratio

The four-point-bending tests on samples reinforced with MAG-07-03 showed that there is no effect of
the reinforcement ratio, given in Fig. 6.54 as the percentage of reinforcement cross section area to the
concrete area of the profile on the load bearing capacity and on the effectiveness of the fibers.

!!New Summarizing graph !!

Effectiveness k0 [ - ]


0,96 % 1,44 % 1,93 %
Reinforcement ratio
!!New Summarizing graph !!
Fig. 6.54. Fiber effectiveness k0 from bending tests (AR-glass).

The fiber effectiveness k0, shown as a function of the reinforcement ratio, is calculated as:

σ f ,bt
k0 = (1)
σ max

In this equation σf,bt is the maximum failure stress of the roving in the bending test on the textile
reinforced concrete specimen and σmax is the tensile strength of the roving. For different reinforcement
ratios the fiber effectiveness reaches a constant value of about 40 %. The fiber effectiveness may be
improved by a coating. Coating or laminating the textiles leads to the gluing of the filaments. Thereby,
the bond characteristics of the core filaments between each other are significantly improved and the
effectiveness of the fibers can be more than doubled [Mol2001].

Influence of the filament orientation

The load bearing capacity of sloped rovings is lower than those of rovings aligned in the load
direction. For fabrics having an equal orthogonal reinforcement the results show symmetry to an angle
of 45°. The rate of the loss of load capacity subjected to the fiber orientation is given by the reducing
factor k0,α as the relation between the load-carrying capacity of the test specimen with skew-angular
reinforcement compared to the value by adjustment of the reinforcement in load direction. The results
of the experiments are shown in Fig. 6.55.

!!New Summarizing graph !!

matrix 0,8

k0,α = Fα / F0 [-]
g α
damage rovin 0,4
0 F
force 0 15 30 45
Textilneigung α [°]

!!New Summarizing graph !!

Fig. 6.55. Effect of the textile slope; left: Action on the roving at crack edge; right: Reduction
factors k0,α.

With increasing fiber slope the effectiveness of the fibers decreases to 61% for a fiber orientation of
45°. Reason for the loss of load bearing capacity is that during the cracking process the sloped fibers
are subjected to additional stresses. The change of the direction of the fibers at the crack edge causes
bending stresses and delaminating of the fibers from the matrix as well as a transverse force pushing
the roving against the crack edge. This leads to fiber failure at the sharp crack edge and can cause a
failure at the matrix edge. Tests by [Mas1990, Bar1982] with sloped rovings showed that the fibers are
not pulled out of the matrix even if the bond length of the fibers is very short. In fact, the member’s
failure is always caused by the fracture of the sloped fibers.

The test results show the strong decrease of the load-carrying capacity of the textile reinforcement
with increasing inclination corner. The values of fabrics made out of carbon were reduced stronger
than those of AR-glass. This can be explained with the higher tensile stress of the roving leading to
higher transverse pressures in the crack.

Influence of biaxial loading

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Influence of a coating

A coating or a laminating of textiles leads to a gluing of the filaments. Thereby the bond
characteristics of the core filaments among each other are significantly improved and the effectiveness
of the fibers increases clearly. To investigate this influence in detail bending tests at profiled beams
were executed. The comparison of the series 2 (textile 2, without coating) and 3 (textile 3, with
coating) as shown in Fig. 6.56 clarifies that the utilisation of the reinforcement cross section is
significantly increasing by a laminating.

!!New Summarizing graph !!


Mctu [kNcm]




0 1 2 3 4

At/Ac [%]
!!New Summarizing graph !!
Fig. 6.56. Influence of the coating of textiles on the load bearing capacity of textile reinforced
bending specimens.

The failure moments achieved up to 2.5 times the values of the test series with uncoated textiles. The
reinforcement cross section is homogenised by soaking, so that more filaments take part in the load
support. A coating or laminating of textiles seems to be reasonable, in addition to control directly the
bond characteristics of the sleeve and core filaments. Another attempt to improve the bond qualities is
the development of friction-spun yarns whose fiberglass cores are braided by polypropylen.
Additionally a protection effect of the sensitive glass filaments is realized.

Influence of the fine concrete matrix

The influence of the concrete matrix on the bond behaviour of the textiles and the break load-carrying
capacity is only low. The deformation behaviour of the uncracked TRC is mainly influenced by the E-
modules of the fine concrete. After cracking no significant influence of the concrete has been

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Influence of fabric production

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Influence of long-term loading, durabilty

It is well known that the strength of AR-glass decreases by time. However, numerous investigations in
the fiberglass concrete have shown that the loss of strength is limited and controllable for intervals
usual in the civil engineering. The state of art is presented in [Sch2004]. Another quality not to be
neglected of AR-glass is the dependence of the strength on the duration of the load.

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Influence of production of composite

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6.2.5 Numerical Modelling Introduction
Current investigations show that the failure process of TRC, which is observed at the macro level,
cannot accurately be predicted based on the simple models known from ordinary steel reinforced
concrete. This is primarily due to the inhomogeneous internal structure of the fiber strands (rovings)
consisting of hundreds of separate filaments (Fig. 6.57). Furthermore, non-uniform bond conditions in
the longitudinal direction and within the cross-section of the rovings point out that developing a
material model, capable of accurately describing the load bearing behaviour of TRC is a non-trivial

Fig. 6.57. X-section of a roving embedded in fine concrete.

Therefore, within the SFB 532 the investigations are being conducted at different levels. As shown in
Table 6.6, these are the micro-, meso- and macro-levels.

Table 6.6. Considered components at different resolution levels.

Resolution level Components
Micro-level filament
bond filament-matrix
bond filament-filament
Meso-level subroving (bond of filaments)
bond subroving-matrix
Macro-level roving / textile
smeared concrete
smeared bond roving-matrix
At each level, the material components have to be defined and modeled by an appropriate Finite
Element model. Corresponding experiments provide the necessary data for calibrating the numerical
models and obtaining the required mechanical properties of the components. The models at each level
may conceptually either be coupled to an adaptive multi-level computation. Or as an alternative, the
“smeared” material parameters used at one level are predefined at the previous smaller level. In the
following, the main results for each level are described. MICRO-LEV EL
The aim of the micro-level investigations is to completely cover the effects determining the behaviour
of single filaments as well as their mutual interaction and their interaction with the concrete matrix. In
addition to the material properties, such as tensile strength and bond-slip relationship, the random
distribution of several parameters has to be considered. Among these are the following [Chu2004]:

- Micro defects in the filament which lead to a statistical size-effect

- Cross-section of the filament

- Geometrical position of filaments within the roving cross-section and the change in the longitudinal
direction (waviness)

- Bonding conditions, i.e., to what degree does matrix contact the filament’s perimeter and how does
this vary in the longitudinal direction

5-10 mm
Concrete elements, EA= ∞
epoxy resin

nonlinear bond elements


concrete matrix filament

splice < 0,01 mm Filament elements
a) b)
Fig. 6.58. Filament pullout test and Finite Element model. A) Pullout test b) Finite elemente model.


bondstress [N/mm²]
5 4,8


1 0,5

0 0,1 0,2 0,3 0,4
0,01 0,16 slip [mm]

Fig. 6.59. Bondstress-slip diagram for a single filament embedded in fine concrete.

The interaction between filament and matrix has been studied using pullout tests of single filaments
(Fig. 6.58(a)) and the finite element model shown in Fig. 6.58(b). The resulting bond-slip relation
(Fig. 6.59) is in agreement with the one obtained analytically by Banholzer [Ban2001, Cox1952]
based on the shear lag theory. The bond-slip curve can be divided into three parts. The first part is
determined by elastic adhesional bond. Here, the bond layer is capable of taking up stresses of up to
4.8 N/mm² at a very small slip of 0.01 mm. If the value of the slip exceeds 0.01 mm, the adhesional
bond is lost and only friction bond remains which is about four times smaller than the adhesional
bond. In the second part (slip from 0.01 to 0.16 mm) the friction bond degrades due to “smoothing” of
the interface between filament and matrix. In the third part the friction bond reaches a minimum and
remains constant. This behaviour is very different from steel reinforcement, because the maximum
bond-stress can only be activated at a certain value of slip, i.e., there is no ductility. Therefore, the
maximum force picked up by the filament, cannot be calculated just by the maximum bond stress
times the available anchorage length. MESO-LEVE L
The meso-level investigations aim at describing the behaviour of the rovings within the composite
material. Pullout tests, of which several types exist, are the main tools to study the characteristics of
the bond between roving and matrix (Fig. 6.60).

Force F [N]

30 mm
epoxy resin 400




0,0 0,5 1,0 1,5 2,0
Roving displacement u [mm]
concrete matrix

Fig. 6.60. Roving pullout test and typical load displacement curve.

In contrast to steel reinforcement, the load-displacement curve does not feature a plastic plateau.
Rupture of filaments or debonding over the entire embedment length lead to a rather quick decrease of

the pullout force after the peak-load. In order to simulate pullout tests the so-called bond layer model
shown in Fig. 6.61 has been developed.

bond quality
Bond quality

distance from yarn perimeter

Fig. 6.61. Bond layer model. a) idealized roving x-section, b) bond quality distribution functions.

This model considers a section of the roving idealized as layers and takes into account the
deterioration of the bond with increasing distance between filament and matrix. The bond quality for
each layer is defined by a function of the distance from the matrix. Any changes of these proportions
in the longitudinal direction are neglected.

The parameters to be calibrated for the bond layer model are the bond quality distribution function and
the effective tension strength of the filaments. While the bond quality distribution function determines
the post peak gradient, the maximum pullout force depends mainly on the tensile strength of the
filaments. Preliminary calculations showed that the initial slope of the pullout curve is always
overestimated by the model. Only a decrease in the maximum bond performance can reduce the initial
stiffness, however this leads to a simultaneous decrease of the portion of filament fracture, because
more filaments are pulled out completely. Therefore, the variation range of this parameter is limited,
and the initial stiffness in the experiments cannot be reproduced by solely reducing the bond quality.
As a consequence, this reduction can be explained by the existence of an internal free length between
the macroscopic boundary of the matrix and the first contact of the filaments with the matrix inside the
specimen, i.e., the start of the micro-bonding between filament and matrix, which is illustrated in
Fig. 6.62.


Fig. 6.62. Internal free length between matrix boundary and begin of microbonding.

Using a cubic bond quality distribution function, a tensile strength of 1350 MPa and a maximum
internal free length of 6 mm in the center of the roving, the simulation results in the pullout curve
shown in Fig. 6.63.


force [N] 500

300 Simulation



0 0,2 0,4 0,6 0,8
displacement [mm]

Fig. 6.63. Roving pullout test, experiment vs. Simulation. MACRO-LEV EL
The tensile tests on composite specimens reinforced with rovings and its simulation play an important
role in the theoretical models. Based on the results of the pullout test described above (meso-level), the
target is to explain the macro-response, i.e., the load displacement curve of TRC under tension load.
Pure rovings are used instead of textiles in order to avoid any influences resulting from the textile
production process, the textile joints, and from the lateral reinforcement. The specimen features a very
satisfactory crack distribution (Fig. 6.64) with an average crack distance of about 14 mm and crack
width of 0.09 mm. This is calculated from the elongation of the measurement length neglecting any
elastic deformation of the non-cracked concrete.

Fig. 6.64. Crack distribution of a tension specimen reinforced with 12 rovings.

The interpretation of the experimental data raises the following question: Why is there a substantial
increase in the stress while cracking occurs? Normally, one would expect, similar to steel reinforced
concrete, that cracking happens at a stress plateau, which is only determined by the tensile strength of
the matrix.

In order to investigate this phenomenon a Finite Element analysis was conducted with the simple
model shown in Fig. 6.65 a).

linear elastic elements nonlinear (plastic) bond elements

crack elements F F

core elements
Fig. 6.65. FE – model at macro-level. a) FE – model with built-in cracks; b) FE-model with core

The model consists of linear elastic truss elements representing the uncracked concrete and of short
crack elements (l = 1 mm). The number of crack elements is chosen according to the number of cracks
occurring in the experiment (35 cracks).

Force F [N]


ft 300


2 Gf 0,0 0,5 1,0 1,5 2,0
L ft displacement u [mm]

Fig. 6.66. Material laws of crack elements. a) Concrete tension law b) Approximated pullout curve.

For the crack elements a material law is used which can be split into two parts (Fig. 6.66):

(i) Concrete material law with mesh adjusted softening modulus [Jir2002]. The tension strength varies
randomly (average = 5.0 N/mm², standard deviation = 0.25 N/mm²).

(ii) Material law for the reinforcement, whereby the stiffness and the maximum load (12 x 430 N =
5160 N) are taken from the linearly approximated pullout curve.

The result obtained is displayed in Fig. 6.67(res_wo_core).

load [kN]

3 res_wo_core


0 2 4 6
strain [‰]

Fig. 6.67. Tensile test, experiment vs. Simulation.

Because the maximum load that can be picked up by the reinforcement is higher than the crack load,
all 35 cracks open up. Finally, one of the cracks localizes and the reinforcement fails. The strain at
failure of 6 ‰ matches the experiment. However, the model is not capable of predicting the linear load
increase with increasing number of cracks.

In order to model this behaviour, it is necessary to introduce a “core” of filaments, which are activated
gradually with increasing crack number and strain, respectively (cf. [Ohn1994]). This delayed
activation is due to the following:

(i) Filaments in the center of the roving cross-section may have a waviness. Before they pick up load,
they have to be stretched out.

(ii) At the crack edge the core filaments do not have direct contact to the matrix. Therefore, their
anchorage length is much longer than of those (sleeve-) filaments taking up the pullout force.

The bond force of the core is transmitted to the matrix not so much through friction bond between
adjacent filaments as through matrix which has penetrated the roving at several points. These
considerations lead to the modified Finite Element model shown in Fig. 6.65 b). Of course, the
introduction of a core, which is activated through bond elements, actually introduces several new
unknown parameters, such as cross-section, stiffness and tension strength of the core. In addition, the
friction law applied has to be defined. A curve-fitting of the experimental data leads to a portion of
35 % core filaments related to the whole roving cross-section and a tension strength of 600 N/mm².
The increase of bond flow is 65 N/mm per 1 mm of slip. The load strain curve now matches the
experimental curve much better (see res_w_core in Fig. 6.67).

It must be kept in mind that the so far obtained material laws may not be the only solution leading to
these results. Further investigations on tension-tests with different lengths and different degrees of
reinforcement must provide additional data for calibrating the model.

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6.2.6 Design models / mechanical models General rema rks

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Based on the test results, the tensile load bearing capacity Fctu of the textile reinforcement
cross section embedded in concrete may be calculated as:

Fctu = ∑ k1i ⋅ k0i ,α ⋅ Ati ⋅ σ max
i =1

with Fctu tensile load bearing capacity

k1 factor for the fiber effectiveness
k0, α factor for the orientation of the rovings
At cross section area of the rovings
 ιmax
σ maximum tensile strength of the rovings
n number of fabric types in the cross section
The experimental results presented in chapter 6.2.4 emerged an approximately linear relation between
the cross-section area of the rovings and the tensile load bearing capacity. For the examined
combinations the slashing product on the textiles and also the fine concrete matrix do not affect the
ultimate load bearing capacity significantly. The factor k1 is predominantly influenced by the geometry
of the reinforcement cross section and a coating/laminating on the textiles. Table 6.7 indicates the
determined values for k1 depending on the ratio of Ut/At.

Table 6.7. Filament effectiveness k1 as a function of Ut/At.

Ut/At k1 k1 (coating)
2.64 0.25 0.38
3.74 0.48 0.72
In order to be able to determine the exact process of intermediate values for other ratios of Ut/At
further tests are necessary. If textile reinforcement are prepared with a subsequent coating or
laminating, the values for untreated fibers can be increased by at least 50 % being on the safe side. The
factor k0 for the consideration of the fiber slope can be taken from Fig. 6.55.

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The load-bearing capacity of flexure elements depends basically on the load-bearing capacity of the
textile reinforcement if this determines the failure [Heg1998]. With knowledge of the tensile capacity
of the textile reinforcement the bending capacity of beams can be calculated in analogy to the ordinary
steel reinforced concrete. Indeed, arise by the slope of the rovings in the crack additional losses of load
capacity have to be investigated by experiments. Based on the textile elongation at rupture and the
stress-strain curves of the concrete and the textile reinforcement the moment capacity can be

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135 Shear
The shear capacity of textile-reinforced concrete can be calculated according to ordinary steel
reinforced or prestressed concrete by a concrete capacity Vc and a framework capacity Vf:

V = Vc + Vf (1)
With Vc concrete capacity
Vf framework capacity
Besides, the framework capacity is determined by the textile tensile strength, the crack angle and the
cross section area of the shear reinforcement. Detailed information are given in [Heg2003].

Comparison calculations delivered satisfactory results. With the results of the research projects the
load-bearing capacity of textile-reinforced concrete can be predicted under bending, tension or shear

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6.2.7 Longterm behaviour

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6.2.8 Summary and view

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The mechanical qualities of Textile Reinforced Concrete (TRC) are not known yet enoughly. The load
bearing behaviour of TRC is influenced near material, amount and orientation of the textile
reinforcement also by the fine concrete matrix. In particular the bond behaviour of the filament
bundles (rovings) is important. Known models from the steel reinforced concrete cannot be applied
without additional considerations, because of the inhomogeneous cross sections of the rovings which
show basically other bond behaviour than steel reinforcing bars. However, the attempts have shown
that the tensile strength of the textiles cannot be fully exploited in the composite material TRC
(Fig. 6.43). The purpose of the actual investigations is the characterization of these factors to increase
the load-bearing capacity.

The explanation of the load bearing behaviour of TRC is a task that only can be handled if different
resolution levels in the experiments as well as in the simulation are considered. In this research the
behaviour of TRC is investigated at three different levels: micro-, meso- and macro-level. It is shown
how results obtained at one level can be used at the next higher level in order to reduce the number of
unknown parameters. A finite element model is presented, and first results show its capability to
simulate the experimental results. However, systematic experimental research has to provide further
information in order to verify and optimize the models at each level. In addition, simulation techniques
have to be developed at the macro-level taking into account the influences of the textile production
process and the specific geometry of textiles.

Near numerous analogies to the ordinary steel reinforced concrete TRC shows specific differences in
the load-bearing behaviour in some points which cannot be neglected with the practical application.
The material models currently being developed and presented in this paper will lead to a better
understanding of the failure mechanisms of TRC-structures. Based on these models, design rules and
safety concepts can be set up in the future. On the present level of knowledge these points can be
already named, nevertheless, quantitatively they must be determined with experimental investigations.
Such investigations must not hinder the practical application, but also lead to a high optimisation

The authors thank the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in context of the Collaborative
Research Center 532 “Textile Reinforced Concrete”, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in the
German State of North-Rhine/Westphalia (NRW) and the AiF for their financial support.


[Ban2001] Banholzer, B.; Brameshuber, W.,: Eine Methode zur Beschreibung des Verbundes
zwischen Faser und zementgebundener Matrix. Beton- und Stahlbetonbau, No. 96, pp.
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6.3 Durability (P. Purnell)
Working party “Bond of TRC”.
Dr. P. Purnell, School of Engineering, University of Warwick, UK CV4 7AL
M. Raupach, J. Orlowsky, Institute of Building Materials Research at Aachen University (ibac),

ABSTRACT: The durability of textile reinforced concrete (TRC) has been the subject of much study
and controversy since the first attempts to reinforce a brittle cementitious matrix with a more ductile
fibre to add residual toughness were made. This chapter will review the relevant literature, starting
with the work on fibre-reinforced concrete (FRC) and particularly glass-fibre reinforced concrete
(GRC) on which extensive literature exists, and then moving on to the special considerations
associated with using textiles as opposed to fibres or tows. It will then report on current research
trends regarding TRC durability and how these concepts will affect the design of future TRC
components with emphasis on the move from decorative and semi-structural into structural, load-
bearing applications. Topics will include: early developments in FRC durability; time dependent
behaviour for various fibre/matrix combinations; accelerated ageing procedures; micro structural
observations of fresh, weathered and aged composites; models of the degradation process and their
impact on accelerated ageing procedures; modifications in fibre/matrix chemistry and composition
designed to improve durability; and issues surrounding hybrid composites and the use of TRC for
strengthening other materials.

6.3.1 Introduction
The durability of fibre–reinforced cements and concretes (FRCs) has been the subject of considerable
academic study and commercial concern for over 30 years. The behaviour of the hydraulic
cementitious matrices themselves is itself still not fully understood; the interaction of these matrices
with a variety of fibre formulations, morphologies and configurations increases this complexity by
another order of magnitude. The interactions are time-dependent - the elapsed time is best measured in
months or even years – and are manifested in the tendency of some FRC components to exhibit
engineering properties that vary significantly during their lifespan. In particular, the tensile/bending
strength, toughness and strain to failure may decline considerably. The physico-chemical mechanisms
responsible occur at the microstructural level and (as is typical for all composites) concern, to a greater
or lesser degree, the fibre-matrix interface. In most FRCs, especially the textile reinforced concretes
that are the focus of this report, interfaces are actually between matrix and bundles, strands or tows of
filaments, into which the matrix does not initially fully penetrate; in fact, this incomplete surrounding
of the filaments is often a design objective. Thus analytical or investigative approaches suited to fibre-
reinforced polymers (FRPs) are not suitable, since in FRP the fibres act as individual filaments
completely encapsulated by polymer matrix. Furthermore, FRP durability studies are generally geared
to their use in high specific value applications e.g. aerospace or military and thus based on a short-
life/high-maintenance paradigm. This is in stark contrast to FRCs, which are used in low specific
value applications such as infrastructure, where of course a long-life/low-maintenance ethos applies.
Thus the study of FRC durability is a law unto itself and frequently different for each fibre-matrix
combination. This is increasingly true as a wider variety of cementitious matrices, chosen for
technical, durability or environmental reasons, are combined with a range of fibres that increases
continuously as new fibres are developed and previously exotic fibres fall in price such that they hove
into the sights of the FRC designer.

This sub-chapter will primarily concern itself with current thinking regarding FRC durability,
concentrating on referencing material published in the last 15 years. For a general overview of the
subject several comprehensive reference sources are available [Maj1991, Ben1990, Maj1992] and
these will be used as primary references for much of the ‘background’ material presented here.

6.3.2 Time dependent behaviour
Fig. 6.68 shows the decrease in bending strength (expressed as a fraction of the 28-day strength) for
five types of OPC based matrix FRC, reinforced with either first or second generation alkali-resistant
(AR) glass fibre (see 6.3.4 for a description of the differences), two types of natural fibre, sisal or
coconut (coir), and polypropylene fibre, exposed outside in UK weather. It can be seen that there are
appreciable losses in strength with time, but that the magnitude of the loss is different for each FRC,
even within similar classes (i.e. glass or natural fibres). Thus it is difficult to make generalisations
concerning the ‘durability’ of such systems and each FRC should be evaluated carefully. In general
though, it appears from the available evidence that the durability of common FRC proceeds
polypropylene > 2nd generation AR glass >> 1st generation AR glass >> unprocessed natural fibres.

1 3 5 10 20 years
Fraction of 28 day 'unaged' strength




AR Glass 2 Sisal
AR Glass 1 Coir
100 1000 10000
Age / days

Fig. 6.68. Strength vs. time for selected FRC formulations subjected to natural exposure. Key: AR
glass 2, second-generation AR glass/OPC FRC [Maj1991, Col1990]; AR Glass 1, first-
generation AR glass/OPC FRC [Maj1991]; Polypropylene: polypropylene/ OPC/pfa FRC
[Han1998]; Sisal, Coir, OPC FRC [Tol2000]. Curves: best fit of Purnell et al [Pur2001a,
Pur2005] type relationship (S=[1+kt]-0.5). Error bars: ± 1 standard deviation where

Although strength is the most frequently monitored property during ageing, other properties are often
of more interest. Strength in FRC will only degrade to the matrix strength. This is typically around 20-
50% of the original composite strength but in certain composites, where the fibre content is close to
the critical volume fraction and fibres are mainly intended to provide post-peak toughness, the original
composite strength may not be much greater than the matrix strength. In such cases, it is more
appropriate to monitor toughness or strain-to-failure. Since the toughness or strain-to-failure of the

matrix is negligible compared to that of the original composite, these properties will effectively
degrade to zero. These properties are, however, rather more difficult to measure than strength and
often display vary large scatter and hence strength remains the most popular metric. For example,
processed natural fibre i.e. cellulose-FRC is normally manufactured such that the fibre volume fraction
is lower than or comparable to the critical fibre volume fraction Vf,crit and it is thus not appropriate to
monitor strength as a degradation metric; indeed, it increases by about half over 5 years outdoor
exposure. However, strain to failure is reduced from about 3% to that of the matrix (i.e. practically
zero) within this period [Ake1989a], indicating that the benefits of fibre reinforcement have been
largely lost after such time even though strength has increased.

Carbon-FRC has up to now been considered an exotic material but in interest in it is increasing as the
cost of carbon fibres falls. Received wisdom was that the carbon fibres were immune to the corrosive
alkaline deterioration mechanisms [Maj1992, Oha1989] and recent investigators agree [Chu2000]
although little if any long-term weathering data exists in the literature. Polymers other than
polypropylene have also been used to reinforce concrete [Zhe1995, Ake1989b, Maj1992]. Most either
do not bond well to cement or are not stiff/strong enough to confer significant benefits and thus no
weathering data exists. Akers & co workers [Ake1989b] studied ageing of PVA-FRC up to 7 years.
No strength loss was reported but it is not clear that the original fibre volume fraction was
significantly above Vf crit and thus this is not a conclusive result. Katz and Bentur [Kat1995, Kat1996]
have noted that the strength and toughness of carbon-FRC reaches an optimum after ~30 days, after
which a slight drop in properties may be observed owing to matrix densification, after which
presumably these properties then stay constant. The magnitude of the effect was dependent on the
matrix formulation i.e. the proportion of silica-fume (see 6.3.4 below) added.

Majumdar [Maj1992] reported that strength was retained in PVA-FRC after 5 years weathering but
again the fibre volume fraction was very low, as evidenced by there being very little difference
between the first-cracking and ultimate strength. Aramid-FRC displayed no loss in properties after 2
years weathering [Wal1978] but more recent commentators express concern over the longer term
compatibility of aramid fibres with cement [Joh2001]. Polyester fibres are not suitable for concrete
reinforcement as they degrade quickly in cement [Zhe1995].

The causes of the time-dependence of properties fall into two broad categories, regardless of the type
of fibre involved. First is fibre corrosion. The nature of most hydraulic cements is alkaline. During
manufacture, the alkali metal compounds present as impurities in the clays or shales used as raw
materials are converted by the high clinkering temperatures into alkali oxides and/or sulphates, which
are incorporated into the structure of the cement clinker. On gauging with water during concrete
mixing, these highly soluble alkalis are released into the mixing water, raising the pH significantly. As
the cement hardens, the mixing water is used up and the alkalis are thus concentrated in the remaining
free water, contained within the capillary porosity of the cement paste, known as the pore solution.
Cement pore solution can reach a pH of up to 13.7, or 700 mmol/l [OH-], the OH- content being
associated mainly with K+ ions but also with Na+ ions; the pore solution is buffered by the Ca(OH)2
(portlandite) produced by the hydrating cement, but contrary to popular belief the Ca2+ content of the
pore solution is generally very low (i.e. <40 mmol/l ) owing to the common ion effect. The integrity of
many fibres is compromised at these very high alkalinities and thus fibre corrosion, leading to a loss of
strength of the reinforcement, is always a composite degradation mechanism that must be considered.
This holds even for fibres which are supposedly immune to alkali attack, since the timescales which
must be considered – i.e. the service lifetimes of typical FRC components, often decades – are much
longer than most exposure experiments. As well as fibre corrosion owing to the alkalinity of the
matrix, in certain applications the ingress of external agents deleterious to certain fibres, such as
chlorides or acidic organics, into the composite must also be considered, although this is unusual.
There is also evidence that some fibres, particularly glass, may be susceptible to physicochemical
attack by direct contact with calcium hydroxide in the matrix to a level over and above that caused by
alkalinity alone [Pro1980]

Secondly, a variety of effects caused by the continued hydration of the cementitious matrix also have
the potential to cause composite degradation. Given the continued availability of water, residual
unhydrated cement in the matrix (of which there is always a small amount) will continue to hydrate,
producing more hydration products and increasing the strength of the matrix. The hydrated phase
assemblage itself will also tend to slowly evolve since it is essentially composed of meta-stable
phases. Although this continued hydration and evolution might only involve a very small fraction of
the cement paste, the resultant effects on the fibre-matrix interactions can be profound.

There is a critical volume fraction of fibres Vfc that is required for the composite to display true ductile
behaviour i.e. during a load controlled tensile or bending test, a rising stress-strain curve and multiple
cracking after the matrix first becomes cracked. (NB. Most FRCs will display post-first-crack ductility
during a stroke controlled test even if the volume fraction is less than Vfc, but its nature and magnitude
is critically dependent on the stroke rate of the test). Vfc is dependent on the matrix strength; as the
matrix becomes stronger, a greater proportion of fibres are required to take up the load thrown onto
them as the matrix first cracks and thus becomes unstressed. Thus for composites designed with a fibre
content very close to Vfc, continued strengthening of the matrix may change the composite behaviour
at first crack from ductile to brittle. Careful design of the composite should easily avoid this.

Continued hydration also tends to ‘densify’ the interface between the fibres and matrix. When FRC is
first made, the interface is relatively porous, with little intimate contact between the fibre and matrix.
The interfacial zone is thus relatively weak, which is often beneficial for the composite. At young
ages, cracks travelling through the matrix tend to be diverted through this weaker zone. As the matrix
ages, hydration products (particularly portlandite) fill the spaces in the interfacial zone, reducing the
porosity and increasing the hardness and strength; it becomes energetically and thus statistically more
likely that a crack will travel through the fibre rather than around it. Also, fibres bridging cracks
become bent through tighter radii of curvature as the matrix hardens, since the matrix immediately
adjacent to the point where the fibre emerges from the crack face is less compliant. This induces
greater stress in the fibres and increases the likelihood of them breaking. The bond between the outer
filaments of a unit reinforcing element (strand, tow etc.) will also increase as the interfacial zone
densifies. Many FRCs are designed such that at failure the fibre is intended to pull out of the matrix
rather than break, as this expends more energy and thus imbues the composites with greater toughness.
As the bond strength increases, it becomes more likely that fibre failure, rather than pullout will occur
and the toughness will be reduced (even though the tensile/bending strength may well increase).

A related phenomenon is ‘bundle filling’. In young FRC, there is normally space between the
individual filaments into which the matrix has not penetrated. The reinforcement can thus act in a
rope-like manner, with filaments moving over each other, adding significantly to the toughness of the
composite. As the composite ages, continued hydration and migration of species within the cement
matrix leads to precipitation of hydration products, especially portlandite, between the filaments and
this may eventually fill all the available space. The rope-like behaviour is lost and the toughness of the
composite may be compromised.

The relative importance of each of these degradation mechanisms is dependent on the particular fibre-
matrix combination. Some combinations are particularly prone to specific mechanisms, while in others
the dominant mechanism is still the subject of research and debate. The mechanisms are examined in
more detail in 6.3.5 to 6.3.6 below in the context of the changing microstructure of FRC and
modelling of degradation.

6.3.3 Accelerated ageing

Before strategies for improving the durability of FRC can be discussed, it is necessary to outline the
methods by which much of the relevant data has been obtained. As FRC is a relatively young material,
a body of ‘real-time’ weathering data did not exist at the time efforts were made to improve FRC
durability; there is still a lack of long-term natural weathering data. As new formulations designed for

durability were advanced, accelerated ageing procedures were used to attempt to validate the
purported improvements and these procedures are still in widespread use today. Two technical types
of test can be identified; hot water ageing and cyclic ageing. The former aims to directly accelerate the
fibre-matrix interactions and thus the degradation by immersing samples of the composite in water at
elevated temperature (typically ≥ 50°C). Hot water is used for two reasons: it provides thermal inertia
and also many FRCs do not appear to suffer degradation owing to ‘dry’ elevated temperature alone;
indoor stored GRC seems to suffer no degradation. The degradation mechanism appears to involve
water in some way, chemical or physical. Other types of test attempt to replicate the cycles of
temperature and/or moisture FRC components are likely to be exposed to during service. These cyclic
tests normally involve alternate and repeated exposure to hot/wet/cold/dry environments and may
involve freeze/thaw cycles or exposure to salts. It should be noted that these tests are not
interchangeable; certain tests are more appropriate for certain FRC formulations e.g. hot water for
GRC and cyclic wet-dry for natural FRC; for ageing of cellulose fibre-reinforced concrete, it is also
considered important that at least one of the steps should promote carbonation of the matrix

Tests can also be divided into two other categories: ‘deemed-to-satisfy’ (DS) tests and predictive tests.
DS tests are intended as a quality control measure; if, for example, a coupon of composite is tested
after a fixed ageing period or number of cycles and is found to have properties that exceed some pre-
determined value or percentage of the unaged properties, then it is deemed to have ‘passed’ and the
material fit for purpose. No prediction of the long-term behaviour of the composite in service is
advanced or inferred, only that it is in some way ‘durable’ since it has passed the test. Predictive
testing, on the other hand, attempts to correlate periods or numbers of cycles of accelerated ageing
with longer periods of in-service weathering and thus goes some way towards quantifying the lifetime
that can be expected from the material. Although in theory either cyclic or hot water testing can fall
into either category, in practice hot water ageing tends to be used for predictive testing and cyclic
ageing for DS testing with few exceptions.

Investigators have also frequently subjected fibres (as opposed to composites) to accelerated ageing
regimes and thus inferred their likely behaviour in a cement matrix. These tests generally involve
immersion of samples of fibre in hot alkaline solutions, often of analogous composition to cement pore
solution, for various lengths of time and measurement of resultant reduction in strength. Such tests,
although useful for helping to assess new fibres, should be treated with caution with respect to their
use in predicting durability, since the action of the cement matrix on the fibre is not just controlled by
its alkalinity. Sisal and coconut fibres were shown to completely lose their strength after 300 days in
Ca(OH)2 solution of pH 12 [Tol2000]. Aramid (Twaron) fibres have been subjected to immersion in
concentrated NaOH for 24 hours with no ill effect [Vil2003] but no longer term data is evident. Such
tests have long been used with prospective glass compositions and results are reviewed by Majumdar
& Laws [Maj1991] but new glass or ceramic formulations now tend to be tested in actual FRC
samples [e.g. Che2003, Ma2005] although some fundamental work continues to use just fibres

The best known (and most frequently abused) accelerated ageing rationale for FRC is probably that
derived for OPC matrix AR-glass GRC by Proctor and co-workers in the late 1970s [Lit1981,
Pro1982]. A combination of tests on composites aged by hot water immersion and composites exposed
at various locations around the world were combined with data from a specially developed durability
test for fibre strands known as the ‘strand-in-cement’ (SIC) test. The SIC test involves a specimen
comprising a strand of fibres (for GRC, typically about 200 filaments, each of about 14µm diameter)
being partially encased in a small cylinder of cementitious matrix. The specimen is aged by immersion
in hot water for a specified time and the strand subsequently tested in tension with the small cylinder
of matrix still in place. They concluded that a single degradation mechanism with an activation energy
of about 90 kJ/mol controlled strength loss in all these cases and the data was pooled into an
Arrhenius-type relationship correlating the accelerated ageing tests with longer periods of in–service
weathering. This allowed ‘acceleration factors’ to be advanced, e.g. that 1 day of hot water immersion

ageing at 50, 60 and 80°C induced the same strength loss as 101, 272 and 506 days of weathering in a
UK climate respectively. This predictive rationale lead to hot water ageing being accepted as the de
facto standard method for validating new GRC formulations with respect to durability, which it
remains [e.g. Orl2003, Hem2003, Bro2002]. However, the method was only derived with OPC
composites in mind, and concern over its application by other investigators to non-standard GRC (and
even FRP) with evidently different ageing characteristics and mechanisms, together with shortcomings
of the model regarding service life prediction and the lack of a micromechanical model lead to the
rationale being updated by Purnell and co-workers [Pur2001a]. The basis and implications of their
model is discussed in more detail in 5.3.6, but it is clear that a unique set of acceleration factors
applies to each matrix formulation used with AR glass [Bed2003, Pur2005]; by implication,
acceleration factors derived for GRC should not automatically be applied to other types of FRC.

Another accepted accelerated ageing test method for GRC is codified in European standard
DD EN 1170-8:1997 Precast concrete products. Test method for glass-fibre reinforced cement. Cyclic
weathering type test. This involves cyclic ageing, where each cycle involves 24 hours immersion in
water at 20°C, 30 minutes of forced drying in air at 70°C and 1 m s-1 airflow, 23 hours in air at 70°C
and 30 minutes of forced cooling in air at 20°C and 1 m s-1 airflow, with samples tested in bending
after 10, 25 and 50 cycles. The test is notoriously difficult to apply, as it requires specialist equipment
and contains no predictive component, only serving as a comparison. As such, it is unpopular with
researchers but has some adherents in industry [e.g. Cia2001].

Some attention has been paid to the accelerated ageing of cellulose and/or natural fibre based-FRC. In
early work, the hot water ageing rationales developed by Proctor & co-workers [Lit1981, Pro1982] for
glass-FRC were used for sisal-FRC [Ber1984] but found to be inappropriate. Bentur and Akers
subsequently established methods for accelerated ageing of cellulose-FRC in a series of papers
[Ben1989a, b; Ake1989a]. Two 24 hour/cycle cyclic regimes were proposed; ambient/elevated
temperature (AE) and CO2 rich/elevated temperature (CE), both followed by three-point bend testing
based on ISO 39611 –1980 E. The AE cycle was 9h in water at 20°C; 3h in air at 20°C; 9h infra-red
radiation 80°C in air; and 3h cooling to 20°C in air. The CE cycle was 8h in water at 20°C,; 1h in oven
at 80°C; 5h in oven at 20°C in an atmosphere saturated with CO2; 9h in oven at 80°C; and 1h cooling
to 20°C. Cycling was continued for 3 months. The CE cycle was found to most closely approximate a
5-year period of natural weathering and was thus considered the most appropriate method. This regime
continues to be used to age cellulose FRC [Kim1999] although other investigators have used slightly
modified carbonation tests in addition to freeze-thaw methods [Mac1999]. All investigators lean
towards the same conclusions: the strength and modulus of the material increases by about 20-50% (as
a result of the carbonation of the matrix increasing matrix strength and possibly bonding) but the strain
to failure is reduced to values similar to that of the unreinforced matrix i.e. <0.1%. The same regime
has been used for PVA-FRC [Ake1989c] but again at very low Vf. Some application-specific tests are
also used. Cellulose-FRC is used for sewer pipes (an application previously filled by asbestos-FRC)
and as such is exposed to external deleterious agents that can cause acidic and/or biological attack on
the fibres and/or matrix. Fisher et al. [2001] exposed cellulose-FRC samples to sewage in aerobic and
anaerobic treatment plants, and also immersed samples in sulphuric acid (pH ~5). It was concluded
that there might be advantages in using cellulose-FRC over steel-FRC in these applications. For FRC
with natural fibres, simple wetting and drying cycles (e.g. 1 day immersion at room temperature
followed by 6 days drying in ambient lab conditions) seems to be considered appropriate, although
since such composites suffer degradation of properties in relatively short time under normal
weathering, it is debatable whether accelerated ageing is necessary [Tol2000, Tol2003].

Accelerated ageing of other FRC types does not appear to have been afforded the same degree of
investigation, with a variety of different ad hoc methods extant in the literature. Polypropylene-FRC
has been assessed using 50 wet/dry cycles followed by impact testing, and 50 freeze/thaw cycles
followed by flexural/compressive testing [Pue2003], which caused some decrease in flexural strength
but left compressive strength unchanged. Recently, Al2O3-based ceramic fibre reinforced concrete has
been immersion aged at 70°C [Ma2005]. Carbon-FRC has been subjected to freeze-thaw ageing based

on ASTM C666] for between 30 cycles [Che1996] and 300 cycles [reported in Oha1989] and water
immersion at 75°C for 5 months [reported in Oha1989] with little if any effect on strength. Bentur and
Mindess [Ben1990] discuss how carbon-FRC does not show any long-term response to hot water or
cyclic accelerated ageing and conclude that it is unlikely to suffer any durability problems.

6.3.4 Enhancements in durability through fibre and matrix modification

Choosing fibre and matrix combinations that either reduce or eliminate deleterious interactions, or
interact in a benign manner can enhance the durability of FRC. The normal approach, however,
concentrates either on improving the resistance of the fibres to alkali attack by varying their chemical
composition or surface treatment, or on using modified or non-Portland cementitious matrices that are
less hostile to fibres, either owing to lower pore solution alkalinity or reduced propensity to precipitate
hydration products at the fibre-matrix interface.

Glass-fibre development is relatively mature. It was clear from the first incarnations of glass-FRC that
E-glass fibre (as used by the FRP industry) would be chemically unstable in the highly alkaline cement
matrix. Alkali-resistant (AR) glass was developed in the 1970s by Pilkingtons, based on silica-soda-
calcia glass with the addition of about 16% zirconia, and marketed as Cem-FIL. Glass-FRC made
from AR fibres was not immune to degradation, however, and further developments were made to the
soluble coating or ‘size’ applied to the fibre (originally applied for manufacturing purposes).
Incorporation of polyhydroxy-phenols in this size modifies the hydration behaviour of the cement
matrix at the interface and significantly improves durability of AR glass-FRC [Maj1991]. AR-glass
fibres with such coatings are known as ‘second-generation’ fibres and are now the industry standard.
From time to time, other glass systems are proposed, e.g. based on strontium [Kar2000] or barium
[Che2003] but these have yet to come to commercial significance. Other fibres tend to be of fixed
composition (e.g. carbon, polypropylene, cellulose) and are thus not amenable to having their alkali
resistance intrinsically increased.

An experimental method of increasing durability is to pre-impregnate the fibre strands with material
intended either to block precipitation of hydration products between the filaments or modify the nature
of hydration such that less deleterious hydration products result. Glass-fibre strands have been
impregnated with microsilica or acrylic polymers [Bar1996]; natural fibres have also been treated with
microsilica [Tol2003]. In both cases, resistance to accelerated ageing and/or weathering was improved
markedly. This approach has yet to be commercially adopted but would appear to be attractive.

By far the most common approach involves modifying the cement matrix, cf. Portland cement, in
order to improve its compatibility with fibres, either by using additives to Portland cement or using
non-Portland cement matrices. A great deal of literature exists on this topic, especially concerning
glass-FRC; pre-1988 literature is summarised in the books by Majumdar and Laws [Maj1991], and
Bentur and Mindess [Ben1990]; the relevant sections are noted, and more recent results will also be
briefly summarised here. Additives are generally intended to reduce the pore solution alkalinity of the
matrix and/or react with the calcium hydroxide produced during hydration; thus pozzolanic materials,
as used to enhance ordinary concrete, are common additives. Condensed silica fume/microsilica (csf),
metakaolin, ground granulated blast furnace slag (ggbs) and pulverised fuel ash (pfa) have all been
investigated for use with most fibre types.

Csf is a by-product of the ferro-silicon industry and consists of extremely fine particles (<1 µm) of
essentially pure silica, which reacts rapidly with Ca(OH)2. It is used as a matrix enhancer for
natural/cellulose-FRC [Tol2003, Mac1999], ceramic-FRC [Ma2005], carbon-FRC [Che1996,
Kat1995, 1996] (where its primary function is to aid fibre dispersion and compaction) and glass-FRC
[Bar1996, Mar1997, Zhu1997]. It is effective in increasing the durability of natural fibre composites
exposed to weathering and cyclic wet/dry ageing, but has limited or variable effect on that of glass-
FRC subjected to hot-water ageing [see also Ben1990, Maj1991]. Addition levels vary between 10%
and 40% replacement of cement, but at higher levels of replacement it has a profoundly negative effect

on workability and thus requires higher water/cement (w/c) ratios for manufacture, which is

Metakaolin is a calcined china clay which reacts readily with Ca(OH)2 in the matrix and reduces the
alkalinity of the pore solution [Pur1999]. It has been extensively investigated as an additive for glass-
FRC to improve durability [e.g. Mar1997, Pur1999, Zhu1997, Sou1991, Bal2003, Bed2003].
Normally added at 20-25% cement replacement, almost all investigators agree that it significantly
improves the durability performance of glass-FRC both under accelerated (i.e. hot water) and natural
weathering. The degree of improvement depends on how accelerated ageing results are interpreted
(see 6.3.6 below and [Pur2005]) but it is sufficiently well established for commercial formulations to
be used; the metakaolin is also believed to improve surface finish and resistance to loss of appearance
via surface dusting or efflorescence [e.g. Gil2001]. It does not appear to have been used in conjunction
with other fibre types.

Ggbs has been used with natural-FRC [Tol2003] and glass-FRC [Maj1991] with limited success. It
was reported to have a beneficial effect on glass-FRC at very high cement replacement levels (70%)
but this does not seem to have spurred commercial interest, although some Japanese [Tak1999]
formulations use blastfurnace slag cement in conjunction with other admixtures. The DuraPact matrix
[Pac2001], which purports to have a guaranteed 50-year lifespan, is believed to be based on
blastfurnace slag cement combined with microsilica [Pur1998]. Pfa has been used in polypropylene-
FRC [Han1998] and glass-FRC [Maj1991 pp94-102, Cyr2001]. Polypropylene-FRC with pfa was the
material examined in the long term study by Hannant [Han1998] (see also Figure 1 – Figure is
missing). Such composites appear to retain most of their strength after 18 years of weathering but no
comparison with an unmodified OPC matrix was performed. The addition of pfa to glass-FRC appears
to have some benefit with regard to durability [Maj1991]. The durability improvements reported by
Cyr [Cyr2001] are from a hybrid system including both pfa and silica fume and thus cannot be
attributed to pfa alone. For both pfa and ggbs, it should be noted that slower setting and hardening, and
thus lower matrix strengths at early ages, will results from their addition to the matrix.

Another approach almost unique to glass-FRC is the use of polymer modification of the matrix.
Majumdar and Laws [Maj1991] dedicate a whole chapter to the topic. A wide variety of polymers
have been tried but attention has most recently focused on an acrylic polymer dispersion (‘Forton’).
Originally designed as a curing aid for thin concrete sections to prevent water loss by evaporation
leading to shrinkage cracking, it is added to glass-FRC to improve workability in the fresh state and
improve mouldability. It is also widely believed to improve durability and the ‘5/5’ formula,
comprising OPC-glass-FRC with the addition of 5% Forton polymer solids by volume and 5% AR-
glass fibres by weight is ubiquitous in the glass-FRC literature, so much so that it is often referred to
implicitly as a ‘base’ to which modifiers such as metakaolin are then added [e.g. Gli1993]. The
mechanism by which it enhances durability is different to the pozzolans in that it does not reduce
alkalinity of Ca(OH)2 formation, but is thought to either coat the fibres with an inhibitive layer or
modify hydration at the interface by occupying space that might otherwise fill with Ca(OH)2. There
has been some debate as to whether polymer-modification of the matrix can actually lead to improved
durability as accelerated ageing procedures often yields conflicting results [e.g. Zhu1997, Qia2003].
The most recent research unequivocally demonstrates that hot-water ageing is unsuitable for polymer
modified glass-FRC [Pur2005] and also that the addition of polymer to both plain OPC and modified
matrices confers very significant durability benefits [Bal2003]; over 19 years of natural weathering,
compared to plain OPC matrix glass-FRC, reduction in modulus of rupture (MOR) was negligible and
the degradation of strain-to-failure reduced by 75%. Polymer modification of the matrix is uncommon
with other fibre types but a summary is given by Bentur and Mindess [Ben1990]

Other, non-Portland (nP) common cementitious systems have also been investigated for use with FRC.
Again, this practice is better developed for glass-FRC than for other systems. The use of nP systems
for glass-FRC is summarised by Majumdar and Laws [Maj1991]. High-alumina cement (HAC) and
super-sulphated cement are both less alkaline than OPC and thus candidates for glass-FRC. Worries

over the integrity of the HAC matrix at moderately elevated temperatures (the ‘conversion’ reaction),
which led to the banning of HAC for structural use in the UK, have caused glass-FRC producers to be
cautious over its use despite its superior durability characteristics. Super-sulphated cement also
showed improved resistance to ageing but is not a common choice for glass-FRC as it is susceptible to
weakening on carbonation, which is enhanced for the thin sections typical of FRC.

The last ten years has seen an increase in interest in nP matrices based on calcium sulpho-aluminates.
These cements, with 4CaO.3Al2O3.SO4 (ye’elemite or Klien’s compound) as the major active
ingredient, hydrate in the presence of a source of lime to form mainly ettringite, with little or no
calcium hydroxide remaining in the hydrated phase assemblage and a lower pore solution alkalinity
than OPC. Development of such cements has been led by China [Qi2003] and Japan [Tak1999] but
analogues are available in the UK [Gar1991] and the US [e.g. Mol1995] . Little data exists on the
long-term properties of glass-FRC made with such cements but it shows extraordinary resistance to
hot-water accelerated ageing [e.g. Jia2001]; however, caution is required in interpreting such results
(see 6.3.6 below and [Pur2005]). Development of these matrices is continuing and they appear to offer
the best option for completely durable glass-FRC. The use of nP matrices with other fibres has
received little coverage in the literature. Puertas and co-workers [Pue2003] have investigated alkali-
activated blast-furnace slags and pfas (so-called ‘geo-polymers’) reinforced with polypropylene fibres,
subjected to cyclic ageing. Results were unclear and did not show any significant benefit cf. OPC.

Combination of approaches is common. Most obvious is the combination of polymer with a

pozzolanic additive, since they act via different mechanisms and thus might be expected to have a
synergistic effect. The recent comprehensive paper on long-term weathering of polymer modified
glass-FRC by Ball [Bal2003] reports on samples combining polymer with metakaolin and csf tested at
intervals up to 13 years. Neither the combined or solely polymer-modified samples degraded
significantly over this period thus no firm conclusion can be reached. Many of the formulations
mentioned above involve combination of e.g. sulphoaluminate and metakaolin (Calcrete) [Gar1991],
blast-furnace slag cement and sulpho-aluminates (Nashrin) [Tak1999] or blast-furnace slag cement
and microsilica (Durapact) [Pac2001]. Since each of the components purports to improve the
durability by effectively the same mechanism, any synergy is minimal and one component tends to
dominate, but since it is unlikely that combinations would reduce durability cf. unmodified matrices,
the detail is only of academic interest.

The cementitious matrix in FRC is susceptible to reaction with the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a
phenomenon known as carbonation. During this reaction, portlandite in the matrix is converted to
Ca(CO)3 and thus the buffering capacity of the pore solution is lost, alkalis are either converted to
carbonates or absorbed in the C-S-H phase (which also carbonates, becoming decalcified) and the
alkalinity of the matrix drops sharply. Its strength also increases. Thus in theory, a carbonated matrix
is more compatible with most fibres. Natural carbonation can take years for FRC components, but
attempts have been made to apply accelerated carbonation to improve their durability. Accelerated
ageing tests for natural fibre or cellulose-FRC include a carbonation component since these materials
tend to carbonate readily when exposed to weathering. There seems to be some confusion in the
literature regarding the difference between carbonation as a treatment or an ageing process but the
recent consensus seems to be that early curing of such composites in a CO2-rich environment improves
their durability [Tol2003, Mac1999]. Purnell and co-workers [Pur2001b, Pur2003a] used super-critical
CO2 to effect carbonation of OPC matrix glass-FRC components within hours. The treatment
significantly increased the resistance of such composites to accelerated ageing, improved mechanical
properties in general and improved their dimensional stability under wetting and drying [Sen2002].

6.3.5 Microstructural changes related to TRC durability

The properties of all FRC are controlled by the interface between the fibres and the matrix and the
microstructural characteristics of this region have a significant impact on durability. Many
investigators have studied this region using scanning electron and optical microscopy and their

findings are summarized in the major reference sources [Maj1991, Ben1990]. This section will focus
on key points relating to mechanisms of ageing.

Fig. 6.69 shows the unaged interfacial microstructure for typical OPC matrix FRC materials. The
interface between the reinforcement unit and matrix is porous and spaces within the unit
(interfilamental spaces and cell lumen for glass and coir-FRC respectively) remain largely free from
hydration product. Fig. 6.70 shows the microstructure of the same FRCs after ageing such that
significant degradation of mechanical properties has taken place. In both materials, much (but not all
in the case of the glass-FRC) of the interfacial and interfilamental/lumen space has been filled with
hydration product, identified as Ca(OH)2 in the glass-FRC and assumed to be the same in the coir-
FRC. This phenomenon is variously known as mineralization, petrification and ‘bundle filling’. It is
generally assumed to be associated with an increase in bond between the fibres and the matrix and, in
cases where the unit reinforcing element is a strand e.g. glass- and carbon-FRC, fibre-fibre bond as
well. This can change the mode at failure from ‘pull-out’ (where, after peak load, fibres are pulled out
of the matrix, expending strain energy and thus increasing pseudo-toughness) to fibre fracture, which
expends far less energy, if the bond passes a critical value; matrix densification effects will also begin
to occur (see 5.3.2 – which section is meant? above). The transition from pullout to fracture has been
observed in glass-FRC [Bar1996], who also observed an intermediate ‘telescopic’ pull-out mode, and
natural/cellulose FRC [Moh2005, Ben1989b]. Enhanced fibre-fibre bond with ageing in glass-FRC
has been directly measured by Zhu and Bartos [Zhu1997] using novel micro-indentation apparatus.

Fig. 6.69. Unaged interfacial microstructure of OPC matrix FRC. Left – glass-FRC, optical thin
section petrography, polars crossed at 75°, R1,2 = porous areas [Pur2000]. Right – coir-
FRC, backscattered electron micrograph [Tol2000].

Fig. 6.70. Aged interfacial microstructure of OPC matrix FRC. Left - glass-FRC aged for 56 days at
65°C optical thin section petrography, polars crossed at 77°, CH = calcium hydroxide
crystals [Pur2000]. Right – coir-FRC aged 25 cycles of wetting and drying, backscattered
electron micrograph [Tol2000].

Examination of fibre surfaces exposed in aged or weathered composites rarely shows any significant
fibre corrosion, i.e. loss of section or gross pitting, regardless of the fibre type or the extent to which
properties have been degraded [e.g. Pur2000, Tol2000, Kat1995, Bal2003]. In the short term at least,
in FRC where the fibres are known to be immune to alkali attack i.e. carbon-FRC, loss of strength and
toughness may still be observed with ageing [Kat1995]. Most investigators, therefore, attribute loss of
properties in all FRC to matrix densification, bond enhancement and bundle filling/mineralization
effects. For many FRC composites this is true, but fibre corrosion should not be thus discounted. First,
bundle filling and/or bond increase is not always associated with degradation. In glass-FRC
composites made with sulpho-aluminate based matrices, the interfilamental space is completely filled
with hydration products even in unaged samples with no detriment to strength; in OPC/2nd generation
AR glass-FRC, degradation can occur without complete bundle filling being observed (see below) and
bond can reach a maximum without detriment to mechanical properties [Pur1999]. Secondly, a
transition in failure mode from pull-out to fracture does not necessarily require an increase in bond; a
decrease in fibre strength will also trigger such a transition. In natural fibre composites, pull-out may
be observed as the dominant failure mode even after mechanical properties have been significantly
degraded [Moh2005] and the mode may change from pull-out to fracture without mineralization of the
fibre [Ben1989a]. Thirdly, for glass and carbon, a brief examination of the fracture mechanics of fibres
suggests that their strength is governed by the size and population distribution of surface flaws. The
surface manifestation of critical flaws is likely to be so small (~10 nm) as to be very difficult to detect
on in-situ fibres using the SEM; nucleation and growth of such flaws could thus cause strength loss
without readily detectable fibre surface damage [Pur2005]. Recent work using Weibull analysis and
atomic force microscopy on AR glass fibres subjected to various ageing treatments has established that
the maximum surface defect size (as opposed to manifestation) is ~50 nm and confirmed that flaw size
and population density of surface flaws control the strength of the fibres [Gao2003].

The microstructure of FRC modified for enhanced durability is varied. The size applied to second
generation AR glass fibres reduces the precipitation of portlandite at the fibre-matrix interface and
within the fibre bundle. The ubiquitous monolithic portlandite deposits completely surrounding fibres
in 1st generation OPC matrix glass-FRC after ageing [e.g. Maj1991] are not seen in modern glass-FRC
[e.g. Pur2000]. Reports on FRC modified with csf are variable. Katz & Bentur [Kat1995] did not
observe a significant difference between the interfacial microstructure of OPC and OPC-csf matrix
carbon-FRC using SEM but mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP) indicated that the csf induced a
significant reduction in porosity after accelerated ageing. Bartos and Zhu [Bar1996] reported that csf
modification (10% cement replacement) to the matrix of glass-FRC did not significantly change the
development of interfacial and interfilamental microstrength with ageing (measured using a micro-

indentation technique to ‘push out’ individual filaments). However, matrix modification by metakaolin
(25%) was effective in preventing development of microstrength and this was correlated with reduced
degradation cf. OPC matrix glass-FRC [Zhu1997]. Purnell and co-workers [Pur2000] used thin section
petrography to observe a change in the nature of interfilamental deposits in metakaolin modified glass-
FRC; portlandite was not deposited between the filaments but an amourphous reaction product of
metakaloin was. This was again correlated with reduced degradation during ageing. The
microstructure of glass-FRC made with sulpho-aluminate modified cements is quite different. In
contrast to normal glass-FRC, the matrix completely penetrates the fibre bundles and surrounds all the
filaments even in the unaged condition, without detriment to mechanical properties, and the
microstructure does not change with ageing; fibre pullout is still observed even after ageing (see
Fig. 6.71). However, the matrix contains no portlandite. Thus it would appear that bundle filling is
only detrimental if the precipitated material contains portlandite. SEM examination of the interface in
polymer-modified glass-FRC shows a film of polymer partially covering the fibre surface at young
ages [Ben1990 p262] but this film is not apparent in micrographs of naturally weathered samples
[Bal2003] and the microstrength of the interfacial and interfilamental bond is not affected by polymer
modification of the matrix [Zhu1997]. Given the fragility of the film coating the fibres, it is likely that
polymer modification confers durability by impeding water and thus potential precipitate migration
within the matrix in general with some temporary and/or minor enhancement at the interface. The
microstructure of FRC modified with pfa and ggbs has not received significant recent study and
Majumdar and Laws [Maj1991] noted that under the SEM, the microstructure of glass-FRC so
modified was not markedly different from normal glass-FRC.

Fig. 6.71. Microstructure of sulphoaluminate modified glass-FRC. Left – unaged sample, thin
section petrography polars crossed at 75°. Right – SEM of aged (28 days at 65°C)
fracture surface showing Bartos-style pseudo-ductile ‘telescopic pullout’ [Pur1998].

Carbonation, either as a treatment or an ageing process, also induces microstructural changes. In

natural fibre reinforced concretes, carbonation changes the interface from being open and porous to
very dense and homogenous [Mac1999] and also encourages the mineralization of the porous fibre
[Ben1989b], correlating with increases in composite strength and decreases in toughness. Treatment of
glass-FRC with supercritical carbon dioxide also homogenized the matrix but did not promote
interfilamental precipitation analogous to mineralization, but in fact impeded subsequent precipitation
during ageing. It did however fill void space at the interface with crypto-crystalline calcium carbonate
and reduce the porosity of the matrix as measured using MIP [Pur2003]., thin-section. XRD/DTA-TG.
Micro-bond changes (strand as composite - work of Prof. Bartos).

6.3.6 Models of the degradation process
A number of investigators have attempted to model the degradation process in FRC. Models range
from empirical descriptions of the strength loss process under natural and accelerated ageing, to
complex analytical treatments based on consideration of micro-mechanical changes at the fibre-matrix
interface. Some models have attempted to combine the two. The models tend to reflect the debate
surrounding the degradation mechanisms described above in that each of the current models is based
on an assumption concerning the main mechanism in action, i.e. that degradation is caused either by
matrix/interface densification, or fibre strength loss. The focus of this section will be on aspects of
modelling procedures that specifically concern durability; modelling of the general behaviour of FRCs
is covered elsewhere.

The earliest model in which a durability issue can be recognised is the ‘ACK’ model describing the
behaviour of brittle matrix composites [Ave1971]. This theory identifies a critical volume fraction of
fibres Vf, crit required in order that multiple cracking (i.e. pseudoductile) behaviour can be realised. This
quantity is proportional to the matrix strength; thus as the matrix strengthens but the fibre volume
fraction remains constant, the failure mode may change from multiple to single cracking – i.e. brittle
failure – in composites manufactured with a proportion of fibres close to Vf, crit. However, this simple
embrittlement behaviour can be easily avoided by ensuring sufficient fibre content. Assuming that
there is sufficient fibre to avoid single fracture, then after the first matrix crack (i.e. in the multiple
cracking region and beyond) it is a combination of fibre strength and bond strength that control
behaviour; most models can be classified as assuming that one or the other of these parameters
dominates the behaviour.

The model of Katz & Bentur [Kat1996] was developed for carbon-FRC but has general application. It
is based on the principle that “physical densening of the matrix” is the cause of strength and toughness
loss with time. Two concurrent processes were modelled; the increase in fibre-matrix bond with time,
and the reduction in ‘support length’ of an inclined fibre forced to bend while bridging a matrix crack
(which increases the radius of curvature and thus the stress concentration in the fibre, see Fig. 6.72).
The model also takes into account non-uniform fibre lengths caused by breakage during mixing. Bond
and support length were assumed to increase with time at a similar rate to the compressive strength of
the matrix. The bond processes alone were shown to cause a monotonic increase in strength efficiency
of the fibres, while toughness efficiency peaked after ~10 days; both parameters then settled to a
constant value within 40 days. The support reduction process alone caused the ‘active fibre fraction’ to
continuously decrease with time although it is not clear whether this is asymptotic beyond 60 days.
This led to short-term peaks in both strength and toughness efficiencies, which tailed off up to 90
days; again, whether this is asymptotic is not clear. Combining the two effects produced curves that
closely matched the behaviour of real carbon-FRC composites under accelerated ageing for up to 200
days at 60°C (Fig. 6.72). The model was later extended [Kat1997 – Reference is missing] to account
for the effect of variations in fibre modulus and showed that the matrix densification degradation
mechanism increases in severity as fibre modulus or radius increases, and does not apply for ‘ductile’
fibres. This was confirmed by experiments on FRC made with a range of carbon and polymer fibres.

Fig. 6.72. Left: Model to describe the bending of an inclined fibre crossing a crack. F = force
required to induce a deflection δ; q = length of support; W = matrix reaction. Right:
Combination of effects of bond and bending (AFF) to strength vs. time behaviour in
carbon-FRC [Kat1996].

The model of Kim et al [Kim1999], developed for cellulose-FRC, also assumes that degradation is
caused by increases in bond with time. Modelling is based around the concept of the fracture
toughness of the material being equal to the sum of the stress intensity factor (sif) caused by loading
and the negative sif caused by closing traction of fibres across a crack. This is an extension of the
concept first presented by Naaman & Shah [Naa1979]. The model requires 14 separate input
parameters including the interfacial chemical debond energy and the fibre snubbing coefficient, some
of which are awkward to measure and is solved numerically. It does predict broad trends in ageing of
cellulose-FRC but rests on a ‘one crack failure’ assumption which is invalid for most FRC with Vf
>Vfc. Also derived from the Naaman and Shah concept is the model advanced by Mobasher and Li
[Mob1995], based on a fracture mechanics/finite element treatment of the change in pull-out
behaviour with interfacial stiffness. The model is designed around steel-FRC. They calculated
increases in interfacial stiffness, and adhesional and frictional bond of roughly 4 and 2 respectively
after 3 days of accelerated ageing.

Purnell and co-workers [Pur2001a, Pur2005] have taken a different approach in a model designed
around glass-FRC but with wider application. They modelled strength loss in fibres (and thus
composites) as being caused by the slow, subcritical growth of surface flaws on the fibre. A stress
corrosion process known as ‘static fatigue’ is assumed to drive this process, which in alkaline
environments can be triggered by very small stresses (e.g. shrinkage or thermal mismatch stresses) and
may be aggravated by the growth of portlandite crystals at the interface. By combining relations
describing the fracture mechanics of fibres, the growth of flaws and ‘rule of mixtures’ theory, they
derived a relatively simple relationship between normalised strength and time controlled by a single
parameter k, which is a function of temperature in an Arrhenius relationship; this allows the hot-water
accelerated ageing process to be rationalised and used to predict strength-time curves for various
glass-FRC formulations. The model was fitted to a very large data set comprised of new data,
literature data and commercial data (Fig. 6.73). This essentially updated the work of Proctor and co-
workers [Pro1982, Lit1981] and showed that the acceleration factors derived by them cannot be
applied to modified matrix glass-FRC as the activation energy of the strength loss process is different
cf. OPC glass-FRC (57-59 kJ/mol cf. 94 kJ/mol); this implies that a different degradation process is at
work, which they conclude is connected to that lack of Ca(OH)2 availability in modified matrices. In
fact, using Proctor and co-workers factors to validate modified matrix glass-FRC can overestimate
durability by almost an order of magnitude at 60°C (Table 6.8).


Normalised strength S

weathering -
0.4 Innisfail
weathering -
Osa ka
1 10 100 1000 10000
Time / days

Fig. 6.73. Fit of Purnell model (S=[1+kt]-0.5) to OPC matrix glass-FRC strength vs. time data from
various sources [Purnell & Beddows 1995 – Reference is missing].

Table 6.8. Acceleration factors for glass-FRC with respect to UK weather for various ageing
temperature/matrix combinations, compared with those advanced by Proctor an co-
workers [Pro1982, Lit1981, Pur2005].
Matrix Ageing Temperature
50°C 60°C
OPC 120 340
Sulphoaluminate 20 39
OPC + metakaolin 18 35
Proctor et al 101 272
Other investigators have also used fibre strength loss rather than matrix densification to model
degradation. Orlowsky and Raupach [Orl2003] have examined strength loss in glass fibres and FRC
by assuming that a series of layers are formed by reaction between the glass surface and the cement
matrix, of the order of 20-40 nm thick; this was supported by XPS investigations. They surmise that
strength loss may be due to loss of glass area (rather than flaw growth) [Bro2002] but recent
investigations do not support this since glass-FRC made from filaments of differing diameter lose
strength at the same rate and section loss does not correlate with strength loss [Orl2004]. However, the
effect cannot be discounted entirely and may operate in conjunction with flaw growth.

Which of the models is ‘correct’ is still the subject of much debate, but some general conclusions can
be drawn. Fibre corrosion models are less appropriate if Vf is close to the critical value since they rely
on the post-multiple cracking region being realised. Matrix densification models are less appropriate if
the fibre length is much longer than the critical length since pullout will be minimal at any age
(although fibre bridging effects will still come into play). For ductile fibres, in which neither flaws nor
crack bridging will induce significant stress concentration, consideration of basic ACK theory may be
required. Since it is of course highly likely that matrix densification and fibre corrosion act in tandem
to some degree, it would seem appropriate that a unification of such models be sought.

6.3.7 Volume stability and cracking

Many of the long-term performance problems of fibre-reinforced cement composites are not the result
of changes in the composites’ properties, but are induced by volume changes in the material caused by

temperature and humidity changes. The shrinkage potential of fibre-reinforced cement thin sheets may
exceed considerably the shrinkage of concrete. Typical shrinkage strains for the latter are usually less
than 0.05%, whereas for the thin sheet composites swelling values in the range from 0.10% to almost
2% have been measured [Bau1994]. It should be noted that this is the situation in thin sheet FRC but
not in fibre reinforced concrete where shrinkage is equal or smaller than that of the unreinforced
concrete. The higher swelling in the thin sheet composites is a result of a variety of influences,
including higher cement content than in a typical concrete mix (i.e. less aggregates) as well as the
presence of fibres that are moisture-sensitive, such as cellulose or natural fibres. In addition, the thin
geometry of many of the thin sheet fibre-reinforced cements leads to higher drying rates.

Volume changes induced during natural exposure by wetting and drying may cause internal damage
due to microcracking. This has been demonstrated for wood particle-reinforced cement [Bec1985] in
which aging in water did not lead to strength loss, whereas drying/wetting cycles resulted in loss in
strength, with the magnitude of loss becoming greater for the more extreme drying cycles.
Degradation was the result of internal damage due to volume changes. Damage of this kind might be
expected to be greater for testing under restrained conditions where internal stresses of greater
magnitude are expected to occur as the result of the restrained volume changes. Thus, reduction in
properties and cracking might be observed even for composites where the volume changes are smaller
than in wood particle-reinforced cement [Bec1985].

Dimensional changes can cause problems not connected with loss of material properties. In some
applications of thin sheet FRC such as cladding, dimensional changes may lead to bowing, micro- and
macro-cracking of panels. The extent of the damage will depend on both the material degradation and
the nature of the joints, fixings and underlying structure; this type of long-term performance problem
can be more critical than the changes in the properties of the material with time [For1983, Hans1990,
Wil1985]. Unfortunately, this problem has not received adequate attention in the open literature,
which usually highlights durability issues related to the properties of the material itself. The required
approach is either to study the restrained shrinkage performance of the material itself [Bec1985], or to
test full-scale panels, including their connections to the structure, as recommended in ISO 8336.
Restrained shrinkage of FRC has been studied more intensively in recent years to examine the extent
to which the presence of a small content of fibre reinforcement can reduce shrinkage and related
cracking in concrete [Ban1993, Sar1993, Kov1993]. These studies, although not directly intended for
the evaluation of long-term performance of thin sheet fibre-reinforced cement, provide a basis for
methodology and scientific background needed to address such issues. Standardization of such tests is
currently underway, using configuration similar to that reported by See et al. [See2003].

6.3.8 Hybrid composites, textiles and structural strengthening

Many researchers have attempted to use mixed fibres to produce a synergy of mechanical properties,
processing properties and/or cost, often driven by the desire to move to automated production. Popular
hybrids include glass/carbon, steel/polypropylene and glass/polypropylene. However, few have
explicitly addressed any durability issues that might be raised by using hybrids. Xu and co-workers
[Xu1998] reported the results of 6-year weathering on polypropylene/glass-FRC sheets but no
significant degradation in mechanical properties was observed. Banthia and Nandakumar [Ban2003]
have discussed the durability potential of polypropylene/steel-FRC but did not present any long-term
results. It seems that there are no durability synergies that can be obtained from hybrid fibre
reinforcement. The durability of hybrid-FRC is therefore controlled by the time-dependent behaviour
of the least durable fibre and durability analysis of such composites must focus on the extent to which
any mechanical synergy can be retained as the least durable reinforcement degrades.

There do not appear to be any special considerations regarding the durability of trc compared to FRC.
Researchers who are currently assessing the time-dependant behaviour of trc [e.g. Bro2002, Rau2003]
have not as yet identified any degradation mechanisms in trc different to those discussed above for
FRC. However, the nature of woven textiles compared with isolated strands does lead to some

possible durability consequences. The points where the strands cross and are thus in contact might
suffer accelerated degradation owing to abrasion under cyclic load, and may also provide an
preferential nucleation site for Ca(OH)2 crystals. Such effects have yet to be observed and may well be

The use of trc as retro-fitted strengthening to structural elements (in much the same way as FRP is
frequently used [e.g. Concrete Society 2003]) has been investigated and progress was recently
summarised by Wiberg [Wib2003]. No direct assessment of the durability of such systems has been
carried out. The possibility exists that such FRC under load would be susceptible to stress corrosion of
the reinforcing fibres. In glass-FRC, available evidence does not support a macro-stress-corrosion
effect, as samples aged in hot water while loaded at up to 80% of failure load did not degrade
appreciably faster than non-loaded samples. In fact, the bond between the structural element and the
retro-fitted FRC is likely to be the least durable aspect, in parallel with the FRP experience [Concrete
Society 2003].

6.3.9 Conclusions
The durability of trc can be inferred from the substantial literature regarding the durability of FRC, as
no textile-specific durability issues have yet been identified. The durability behaviour of FRC,
particularly glass-FRC, is extremely well characterised compared to other modern composites used in
construction. Durability varies substantially between the different fibre types, with polypropylene-
FRC being the most durable and natural-FRC the least. Glass-FRC made with second-generation
fibres is almost as durable as polypropylene-FRC. Carbon-FRC has excellent durability prospects but
long-term weathering data is not yet available. Substantial improvements in durability can be obtained
by using modified cementitious matrices with many fibre types. The mechanisms of strength loss are
varied but relate either to degradation of the fibres or effects related to the continued densification of
the matrix. The relative effect of each mechanism is dependent on the fibre type and this impacts on
the model that should be used to predict time-dependent behaviour. The choice of any accelerated
ageing regime should be carefully made as acceleration methods or factors relevant for one FRC type
should not be used without question for other types.

The durability of components and structural systems (e.g. full cladding panels) has not received
enough attention, as research has tended to focus on material properties. Research also needs to focus
on unifying the various models of time-dependent FRC behaviour.

Comments by Ch. Meyer / G. Vilkner: - these comments should be regarded in text, mayb own section?

We have performed some tests the results of which may be appropriate for this chapter. We leave it to
the Chapter author to decide where the following section is suited best.

Like all aramid fibers, Twaron fibers have basically good chemical resistance, except in environments
with extreme pH values. Because of this, fibers are often provided with protective coatings such as
PVC, polyester or epoxy. Still, concerns exist that the alkalinity of the pore solution in Portland
cement paste can cause deterioration.

When unstressed fibers were stored in concentrated NaOH solution for 24 hours, no loss of stiffness
nor ultimate strength was found afterwards [Vil2003]. Originally, this outcome was attributed to the
protective coating of the fibers. If the fiber is stretched, however, coating and fiber deformations are
not necessarily compatible. As the fiber stretches, the coating may crack, which introduces areas,
where an alkaline solution can attack the aramid surface. A simple relaxation experiment was carried
out to explore the impact of concentrated NaOH solution on the stress level of an aramid roving. A 6-
hour load-time history is plotted in [Vil2003, Fig 2.16]. Note the high primary relaxation rate, caused
by the fact that the fiber was not preconditioned. After 1.5 hours, a straw, that was aligned around the
fiber and sealed at the bottom, was filled with concentrated NaOH solution. The fiber stress level

decreased immediately by a small amount, but the effect decayed in time. Loading the fiber after the
relaxation experiment, however, did not show a strength drop [Vil2003 Fig. 2.17]. Also, the typical
increase of fiber stiffness, due to preconditioning, which occurred during the initial loading to the
relaxation target load, was observed [Vil2003].

Please note that a pdf file of Vilkner’s thesis can be downloaded from
as publication no. 75. We can provide reproducible original figures..


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6.4 Fire Resistance (M. Krüger)
Remark: This is a first draft of the chapter “Fire resistance” for the state of the art report on textile
reinforced concrete. Due to only a few research results only a short overview could be given. The
authors have only knowledge of tests conducted at the University of Stuttgart. If anyone knows certain
investigations concerning fire resistance of textile reinforced concrete please let us know.

M. Krüger, H.W. Reinhardt, Institute of Building Materials Research at Stuttgart University (IWB),

ABSTRACT: abstract is missing

6.4.1 Introduction
Textile reinforced concrete becomes comparative if there is the demand for lightweight or exposed
concrete elements of high quality. The needed concrete cover of textile reinforced elements is very
small so thin-walled elements could be produced. However, if thin-walled textile reinforced concrete
will be used e.g. for facade elements or other structural parts, fire resistance and fire performance
becomes of importance. In particular the temperature and the rise of temperature in such elements are
high in case of fire that needs to be investigated. On the one hand the fire performance of the textile
materials itself is of interest. On the other hand the fire performance of the fine grained concrete as
well as of the textile reinforced composite has to be examined. Thus this chapter will give a short
overview about some aspects regarding fire resistance and fire behaviour of textile reinforced concrete
elements and the fibres used for textile reinforced elements.

The knowledge of the fire resistance of textile reinforced elements is still quite small because only a
few test results exist up to now. Most fire tests given in the literature were conducted at FRP-elements
or FRP-wrapped concrete elements [Bis2004]. Some fire tests conducted at concrete elements only
reinforced with textiles were enforced at the University of Stuttgart for instance [DBV212, DBV229],
[Iak2003, Rei2000]. The research was focussed on the fire behaviour without loading and the
remaining load bearing capacity after enforcing fire tests.

There were diverse rules and standards like the German DIN 4102 in which requirements for the fire
resistance of structural elements were regularised. Some of these regulations identify a remaining load
bearing capacity after a fire test, the limitation of deformations and the load bearing capacity during a
fire test, or are aiming at thermal conductivity to anticipate fire spread. Especially for the load bearing
capacity of textile reinforced elements during a fire test only a few test results exist. Therefore some
test results of instationary fire tests are presented in this chapter.

6.4.2 Fire performance of textile materials

Textile reinforced concrete elements are thin-walled compared to conventional steel reinforced
elements and concrete cover is relatively small. If such textile reinforced concrete elements were
exposed to combustion, it is obvious that the textile has to withstand very high temperatures due to the
thin-walled structure as well as the small concrete cover. Therefore especially the fire behaviour of the
textile materials itself is of relevance to the overall load bearing capacity of such an element. If high
temperatures were considered, mainly tensile strength and the coefficient of thermal expansion
becomes of interest. The tensile strength of diverse fibres is presented in Fig. 6.74. It can be seen that
E-glass fibres show a large decrease in tensile strength at higher temperatures. AR-glass, which is
most commonly used for textile reinforced concrete, shows a tensile strength at higher temperatures
similar to S-glass [Cem-FIL]. Obviously tensile strength of glass fibre decreases rapidly at

temperatures greater than 400°C. However, the tensile behaviour of glass fibres at high temperatures is
comparable to the temperature resistance of steel reinforcement. The temperature resistance of most
used types of aramid fibres (see Aromat. Polyamid in Fig. 6.74) is less than that of glass fibres and a
decomposition temperature is usually given to 400°C. Though there were some special Aramid fibres
types developed to obtain better temperature resistance most Aramid fibres will fail quickly in case of

The best performance at high temperatures is achieved by carbon fibres. Different types of carbon
fibres, e.g. high modulus or high strength fibres, are commercially available. These different types
were carbonized and then graphitized at special temperatures of about 2000°C up to 3000°C that
results also in different temperature resistance. However, usual carbon fibres show only little decrease
in tensile strength at temperatures of up to 900°C.

The loss of strength, however, has different reasons. All kind of glass fibres melt at high temperatures
whereas carbon, aramid and other polymeric fibres decompose and/or carbonize at high temperatures.

Fig. 6.74. Temperature resistance of diverse fibres. [Kle2004].

6.4.3 Fire performance of fine grained concrete

The mechanical behaviour of fine grained concrete at very high temperatures depends on several
factors. Mainly the type of cement or binder influences the fire performance. Especially the
cementitious matrix shows decreasing strength and increasing shrinkage at high temperatures. Due to
the different thermal expansion of hydrated cement and aggregates constraint stresses occur that leads
to micro cracking and a deterioration of the microstructure.

The deterioration of the microstructure of conventional concrete due to micro cracking increases
rapidly at temperatures of about 450°C, whereas micro cracking already starts at about 150°C
[Kor1999]. However, fine grained concrete used for textile reinforced concrete elements has very low
pore volume, high binder content and small aggregate size. Hence micro cracking is expected to be

minor. However, the structure of hydrated cement changes with increasing temperature, because
physical and chemical linked water will be yielded. This process still starts at about 100°C and the free
water in the concrete will transform into vapour. If the permeability of the concrete does not allow the
water exhausting, vapour pressure will occur. It is known that concrete spalling occurs when vapour
pressure becomes higher than the tensile strength of the concrete [Mey1972].

6.4.4 Fire resistance of textile reinforced concrete elements Test setup an d test procedure

To test the fire behaviour of textile reinforced elements instationary fire tests were performed using a
small fire test facility according to German standard DIN 4102-T8. For the tests four I-shaped test
specimens were produced, one reinforced with an AR glass textile the others with a carbon textile. The
AR glass textile has a grid of 8 mm and was made of 2400 tex Cem-FIL-rovings. The carbon textile
with a grid of 8 mm was made from 1600 tex rovings. Further on one of the carbon textiles was coated
with a resin made of Butadien-Styrol (SBR). The textile was placed in two layers into the web and the
flanges of the I-shaped elements (see Fig. 6.75). For the specimen a fine grained concrete mix based
on OPC was used according to Brameshuber et al. [Bra2001]. The test specimens were stored in
standard climate at 20°C and 60% RH until testing. An overview of the test specimens and the test
parameters is given in Table 6.9.

Table 6.9. Test specimen and test parameter for fire tests.
Load bearing Constant load Specimen
Name Textile (2 layers) capacity from during fire age at fire
bending test test test
7-03 MAG-7-03 (AR Glass) 10 kN 3.2 kN 110 d
5-03-1 MAG-5-03-1 (Carbon) 12 kN 4.2 kN 112 d
5-03-2 MAG-5-03-2 (Carbon) 12 kN 4.2 kN 110 d
6-03-B01 MAG-6-03-B01 (Carbon, SBR coated) 15 kN 5.0 kN 106 d

Mainly the tensioned zone of the test specimens were exposed to fire according to the ISO
temperature-time curve (ETK) given by DIN 4102. A maximum burning length of 90 minutes was
considered for the tests. During the fire tests the test specimens were loaded with a constant load (see
Fig. 6.76). The load was calculated to approximately one third of the load bearing capacity that was
determined at bending tests enforced separately at equivalent specimens. During the fire test the
temperature at the surface of the web as well as the deflection in the third points were measured with







Fig. 6.75. Cross section of the test setup with the test specimen partly exposed to fire.

30 30 30
[c m ]
10 0

C o n s ta n t L oa din g

D e f o rm a t io n m e a s u re m e n t

C o m b u s t io n C h a m b e r

C a. 5 6

Fig. 6.76. Test setup for instationary fire test. Test results

In the following chapter the results from the fire tests were shown. Unfortunately all specimens failed
during the fire test so a remaining load bearing capacity after conducting the fire test could not be

determined. Fig. 6.77 shows the temperatures measured during the fire test and in Fig. 6.78 the change
of deflection of the AR glass reinforced specimen is plotted against the burning length. It can be seen
that the specimen failed after 44 minutes. During the test the deflection increased due to the
temperature induced lengthening of the tensioned area of the element and the different temperature
distribution (see Fig. 6.77).

temperature, °C

900 ETK
800 T1
700 T3






0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
burning length, min.

Fig. 6.77. Temperature plotted against the burning length (7-03, AR glass).

deflection, mm

9 test specimen 7-03

failure of test specimen
LVDT (left)
LVDT (right)

0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
burning length, min.

Fig. 6.78. Change of deflection plotted against the burning length (7-03, AR glass).

Fig. 6.79 shows the AR glass reinforced test specimen after the fire test. The specimen failed abruptly
and a large crack occurred. However, a lot of small cracks were visible at the surface area that was
exposed to fire. At the fractured surface it could be observed that the AR glass textile has melted in the
lower part. In the upper part of the specimen it was almost not affected. The softening temperature of
AR glass is about 800°C to 850°C [Cem-FIL]. However, if the temperature resistance of glass fibres
presented in Fig. 6.74 is considered, a large decrease of strength becomes apparent at temperatures of
about 400°C. It can be seen from Fig. 6.77 that the temperature in the lower web is greater than 400°C
already after 25 minutes causing significant strength reduction. As a conclusion the fire behaviour of
the AR glass fibres is crucial for the specimen failure.

Fig. 6.79. Specimen after fire test (7-03, AR glass).

At total of three fire tests with carbon reinforced elements were conducted. The results of these tests
are shown in Fig. 6.80 for the plain carbon fabrics and in Fig. 6.81 for the SBR-coated fabric
compared to test specimen 5-03-1. The test specimens 5-03-1 and 5-03-2 were reinforced with the
same carbon textile. Nevertheless the fire behaviour of the two specimens is different, which will be
described in the following.

Test specimen 5-03-1 has shown an increase in deflection in the first 25 minutes and then a decrease in
deflection until the 60th minute. After that a large crack occurred and the deflection increased rapidly
until failure at the 75th minute. The axial coefficient of thermal expansion of carbon at room
temperature is given to -0.4⋅10-6K-1. That means that the carbon fibre gets shorter if it is heated.
However, the coefficient of thermal expansion of high strength fine grained concrete is about 14 to
20⋅10-6K-1 [Bor2002, Kor1999]. This has lead to different thermal expansion of the carbon fibres and
the concrete during the fire test. At the beginning of the fire test the concrete elongation has
overbalanced the fibre strain. After 20 minutes this situation has changed and the fibre strain has
overbalanced the concrete strain that has lead to a decrease in deflection. Due to the different
coefficient of thermal extension compressive stresses in concrete and tension in the carbon textile
occurred. At a certain stress level, which was reached after about 60 minutes, the strength of the
carbon fibre was exceeded resulting in successive failure of the filaments and then to the collapse of
the whole element.

deflection, mm

9 test specimen 5-03-1

LVDT (left)
8 LVDT (right)
7 test specimen 5-03-2
LVDT (left) test stop after
6 LVDT (right) 60 minutes (5-03-2)

failur eof test specimen after
1 75 minutes (5-03-1)
spalling of the concrete cover (5-03-2)
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
burning length, min.

Fig. 6.80. Change of deflection plotted against the burning length (5-03-1 compared to 5-03-2).

The fire behaviour of test specimen 5-03-2 was different; hence the same type of textile and concrete
was used. During the fire test a successive spalling of the concrete cover was recognized beginning at
the 12th minute. The deflection increased during the whole burning length. The test was stopped after
60 minutes, because most of the concrete of the lower flange spalled off (see. Fig. 6.81). Although the

fibres were exposed directly to fire after 12 minutes the strength of the carbon fibres was high enough
to carry the load until the 60th minute. The deflection measurement was continued until the 75th minute
showing that the specimen still was able to carry the load.

Fig. 6.81. Bottom view of specimen after fire test (5-03-2, Carbon).

Fig. 6.82 shows the test results of the specimen reinforced with the SBR coated carbon fabric (6-03
B01) in comparison to the test specimen 5-03-1. The deflection increased rapidly at the beginning of
the test supposed to be caused by the weak bond between the SBR coated carbon and the concrete.
After that the deflection increased more and more until test stop after 54 minutes. The element has
shown no concrete spalling. But it was recognised that the bond between the textile and the concrete
failed resulting in a fibre pullout at a length of approximately 30 cm. The bond failure has lead to the
large increase of deflection after 54 minutes. The failure of the bond is due to the melting and
decomposition of the SBR coating. SBR is a thermoplastic that softens at about 90°C and decomposes
at about 250°C. The measured temperature curves at the bar of specimen 6-03 B01 were similar to the
measured curves at specimen 7-03 in Fig. 6.77 thus the graph is not shown here. However, if the
temperatures of Fig. 6.77 were considered, it is obvious that the melting point of the SBR was reached
after about 5 minutes and the decomposing point at about 15 minutes.

deflection, mm

9 test specimen 5-03-1

LVDT (left)
LVDT (right)
7 test specimen 6-03 B01 test stop
LVDT (left) after 54 minutes
LVDT (right)

4 Failure due to

0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
burning length, min.

Fig. 6.82. Change of deflection plotted against the burning length (5-03-1 compared to 6-03-B01,
Carbon). Quantificatio n of the test results

The preliminary tests on textile reinforced elements have shown aspects, which are different from
ordinary steel reinforced concrete. First off all it has to be considered that most textile reinforced

elements have a thin-walled design. Therefore heat conduction becomes very important to anticipate
fire spread as well as that the heat of the element quickly becomes very high. However, heat
conduction of textile reinforced elements is low compared to structural elements e.g. made of steel, so
a proper design of the elements will be up to the standard. With respect to the structural design ainly
three aspects have to be accounted for. First of all one has to choose a sufficient textile. AR glass
textiles show similar fire behaviour compared to steel, but due to the very high temperature of the thin-
walled elements in case of fire tensile strength of AR glass will decrease rapidly. This is also true for
textiles made out of aramid that also have a low decomposition temperature of about 300°C to 400°C.
Carbon fibres show comparatively very good fire behaviour and in particular a high strength at high
temperatures. However, the coefficient of thermal is negative that could lead to thermal constrained
stresses. Therefore different failure modes could occur which is fibre failure due to exceeding the
ultimate tensile strain as well as concrete crushing due to compressive stresses or spalling of the
concrete cover due to transverse tensional stresses.

The use of coatings like SBR can influence the fire behaviour of textile reinforced elements, because
their fire resistance usually is less than of the concrete or the textile material. In the shown test
thermoplastics like SBR were used as a coating that leads to rapid bond failure if heated. Although
resins like epoxy show higher temperature resistance, the decomposition temperature is low compared
to the temperature that occurs in a thin-walled element in case of fire. However, there are some special
resins commercially available, which are optimized for high temperatures of up to 400°C or even
more. Such resins might provide better fire behaviour, but further tests are needed.

Concrete spalling seems to be a general problem mainly caused by vapor pressure that can occur in a
case of fire. Concrete spalling depends on the pore volume, the matrix composition and other matrix
characteristics. Even so, this problem also has to be further investigated for thin-walled elements.

6.4.5 Conclusions
The tests have shown that thin-walled textile reinforced elements show a quick temperature increase if
exposed to fire. Therefore the fire resistance of a textile reinforced element is primarily affected by the
fire behaviour of the textile material. Tests have shown a fire resistance period of AR glass reinforced
elements of up to 45 minutes. It is supposed that the fire resistance period of AR glass reinforced
elements could not be greatly enlarged if low concrete cover is considered, because the temperature of
the textile increases rapidly. The same is true if aramid textiles were used, because the fire resistance
of Aramid is also poor. Textile reinforcement made out of carbon could withstand very high
temperatures, so such fibres achieve the potential for excellent fire resistance if used as reinforcement.
In one test a fire resistance period of 75 minutes was achieved, which is quite a long period for a thin-
walled structural element. The collapse of the test specimen was caused by carbon fibre failure due the
different coefficient of thermal expansion compared to concrete resulting in high thermal fibre stresses
in case of fire. It is suggested that an optimization of the reinforcement ratio could further improve the
fire resistance.

Resins or coatings could improve the tensile strength of the textile as well as the bond between textile
and concrete. But it has to be kept in mind that the decomposition temperature of most resins is even
low and therefore bond failure will occur at comparatively low temperatures leading to element
failure. However, if the resins will be further optimized, it is assumed that the fire behaviour also
could become better compared to concrete elements reinforced with plain fabrics.


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Manfred Curbach, Institute of Concrete Structures at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

ABSTRACT: In this chapter the bond between old concrete and new layers made of textile reinforced
concrete is discussed. – abstract is missing

7.1 Introduction
If old concrete members are strengthened with a new layer, the bond between the old concrete
and new applicated strengthening layer is of special interest. The transfer of the bond forces from one
layer to the other through the bonding joint has to be guaranteed to ensure a full composite action of
the strengthened RC-member.

A loss of composite action leads to minor than the maximum reachable ultimate loads at full
composite action. Therefore it is necessary to know the weak points of the bond to avoid an anchoring
failure. Two Examples of such weak points are a subsequently applied flexural strengthening layer of
slabs, which are installed in the structure, which ends in front of the supports (Fig. 7.1, top) and a
shear strengthening layer of T-beams, which does not reach the compression zone (Fig. 7.1, right).

Fig. 7.1. Weak points of the bond anchoring at differently strengthened RC-members.

The questions regarding force transfer mechanisms between the textile-reinforced strengthening layer
and the old concrete can be investigated using a separate bond test. The bond tests give information
about the relationship between shear loading and deformation, as well as the necessary bond length
and the transferable ultimate bond forces. Details of such a test set-up are described in [Ort2003].

There is no comparable research into the bond between old concrete and a textile reinforced fine
grained concrete layer found in other literature beside the research at the University in Dresden.

7.2 Bond failure modes

A bond failure of an externally bonded reinforcement of an strengthened RC-member is also
called “debonding” or “peeling-off”-failure. Depending on the kind of strengthening and the point of
the beginning bond failure, different failure modes emerge. Not only this different modes but also
varying layers of failure must be differentiated.

7.2.1 Bond failure modes in general
A bond failure of flexural strengthened RC-members can generally start at different points. Depending
on the position, where the failure starts, the following failure modes can be distinguished (Fig. 7.2).

Fig. 7.2. Bond failure modes of flexural strengthened RC-members [Bla1998].

• Failure mode 1: bond failure in the uncracked anchoring zone

• Failure mode 2: bond failure because of flexural cracks

• Failure mode 3: bond failure because of shear cracks

• Failure mode 4: bond failure because of uneven concrete surface

The bond of shear strengthened RC-members may fail at the same failure modes as mentioned above.
Only the failure mode I mostly starts at the upper end of the strengthened beam web (Fig. 7.1, right)

7.2.2 Layers of bond failure

The failure of the anchoring of the textile reinforced fine grained concrete layer on a subsurface of old
concrete can theoretically occur in three different layers (Fig. 7.3). Considered from outside to inside,
these are

a) delamination in the textile layer,

b) failure in the bond joint and

c) failure of the old concrete as

1) failure in the edge zone near the surface or
2) deep crater shaped hole.

Fig. 7.3. Theoretically possible layers of bond failure between old and new layer.

If a correct sandblasting of the old concrete’s surface is guaranteed, only the failure layers a) and c)
are possible. In this case, the failure layer inside the new-old concrete joint is avoided by the strong
interlocking between the old concrete and the strengthening. More detailed information concerning the
failure layers are given in [Ort2004].

A fourth bond failure mode can occur at the anchoring range of a textile reinforced concrete
strengthening to the old concrete: a pullout of fibres from the finegrade concrete layer (Fig. 7.4). This
mode of failure occurs primarily if fabrics made of very thick multifilament yarns are used. The bond
of these thick yarns and the surrounding matrix can only be activated across a relatively large fibre
length. But this mode of failure does not directly concern a bond failure between the old and new
layer, rather a failure of the inner bond of the fibre bundle inside the finegrade concrete matrix.

Fig. 7.4. Inner bonding failure inside the new concrete layer.

As a conclusion, the bond between textile reinforced concrete strengthening layers and the old
concrete may fail by failure modes that are not known from traditional adhesive bonded strengthening
material, such as steel plates or FRP-strips. All these possible failure modes must be kept in mind
when developing a design model to draw the outline of the failure.

7.3 Load carrying capacity of the bond
The load carrying capacity of the bond is dependent on the load carrying capacity of the individual
layers, that can cause a failure. The influence of these tree possible layers for the bond failure between
the old concrete and the TRC-strengthening layer will be shown next.

7.3.1 Influence of the textile reinforcement

The distance between the fibres in the textile fabric has an enormous influence on the load carrying
capacity of the layer of the textile reinforcement. A larger opening width between the fibres leads to a
greater area for the cementitious matrix between the fibres [Ort2004]. Due to the fact, that only the
matrix between the fibres can carry the tensional peel-off forces the rate of this matrix area is crucial
for the load carrying capacity of the layer of the textile reinforcement (Fig. 7.5).

Fig. 7.5. Influence of the matrix area on the load carrying capacity taken from adhesive tensile

7.3.2 Influence of the roughness of the new-old concrete joint

The roughness of the surface of the old concrete member, that has to be strengthened, is mainly
influenced by the way it is prepared. The rougher the concrete’s surface, the rougher the new-old
concrete joint is and the higher the load carrying capacity of this layer is. The research of [Ran1997],
who tested the bond between old and new concrete with and without steel bar reinforcement inside the
joint, points out the effects of different preparing methods on the roughness of the bond joint and the
shear load carrying capacity. The best results have been taken from high pressure water blasting,
followed by sandblasting the old concrete. An unprepared rough surface from concreting is less
suitable and an unprepared formwork concrete surface is completely unsuitable for force transfer
through the bonding joint.

7.3.3 Influence of the properties of the old concrete
The properties of the old concrete cannot be influenced by the TRC-strengthening, because they
depend on the behaviour of the existing concrete member, that has to be strengthened. During his
research on the bond of steel plates, Holzenkämpfer found a dependency of the deformability of the
old concrete on the maximum aggregate diameter [Hol1994]. A larger maximum aggregate diameter
of the old concrete member leads to a bigger interlocking effect between the aggregates though a
developing bond crack. Therefore, a higher bond stress can be transferred to such an concrete member.

7.4 Deformations of the bond

A typical property of TRC-strengthening layers bonded to old concrete is a pronounced
cracking inside the strengthening layer even in the bond region. These cracks in the bond region are
transversal cracks with an angle between 90° and approx. 30° degree. Further on, the direct laminating
or spraying of TRC-strengthening layer on the sandblasted old concrete leads to a strong interlocking
between the old concrete and the reinforcement – a soft adhesive layer with a significantly lower
Young’s modulus than that of the strengthening layer is not available when using the TRC material for
strengthening (Fig. 7.6). This means that the boundary layer between the old concrete and the
strengthening material does not form a slip interface as with the adhesive bond.

Fig. 7.6. Differences in the deformation of different strengthening layers, schematically.

Because of the above mentioned facts, the well known assumption of constant strain across the
thickness of the strengthening layer and slip occurring within the bonding joint, as with adhesive
bonded steel plates or CFRP strips, cannot be confirmed. The cracking has an enormous influence on
the deformation or slip in the bond length region. The interrelations of the cracking and deformation of
the bond are described in [Ort2003, Ort2004] in more depth.

7.5 Bond models

7.5.1 Existing bond models

The most existing bond models are based on the relationship between shear stress and slip. In this
context, slip is defined as the relative displacement between the TRC-strengthening layer and the old
concrete. Extensive investigations have already been accomplished and corresponding bond models
have been developed for the bonding behaviour of additional adhesive bonded steel plates or CFRP
strips [Hol1994, Han1996, Neu2000, Ula2003].

Currently, the developed adhesive bonding laws for additional strengthening with steel plates or CFRP
strips hold only for the following three important assumptions:

1. In the basic model for bonding laws, an adhesive bond is assumed. The bond model is
developed from the selected bond law by solution of the differential equation of bond slip.

2. The strain across the thickness of the steel plate or CFRP-strip, respectively, is assumed to be
constant. According to this, the slip only appears in the adhesive joint which functions as the
interface between the old concrete and the adhesive bonded strengthening layer (Fig. 7.6, top).
This assumption is based on the fact that the Young’s modulus of the steel plates with
ES = 210,000 N/mm² or CFRP-strips with ECFRP ≈ 75,000 N/mm² [Biz1999] is much higher
than that of the adhesive layer with EA ≈ 6,000–11,000 N/mm² [Han1996].

3. The shear stresses for the reinforcing material are calculated by using the difference between
the measured strains and their corresponding stress-strain relationships. Therefore it assumes
that the strain across the plate length continually increases.

In conclusion, the existing bond models for additional strengthening are basically adhesive bond laws
with the assumption of slip e. g. in the adhesive joint. Because the special material properties of the
TRC-strengthening (see section 7.4) this models cannot be applied to the bond of this material.

7.5.2 Strut-and-tie-model
The forces inside the bond region can be described with a simplified strut-and-tie-model (Fig. 7.7).
This model allows to establish the interrelations between the tension force in the TRC-strengthening
layer FL and the resulting peel-off force in perpendicular direction Ti, which can easily be analyzed by
adhesive tensile tests.

Fig. 7.7. Strut-and-tie-model of the bond region.

Further details on this model can be found in [Ort2004].

7.6 Conclusions
The bond between TRC-strengthening layers and the old concrete may fail by failure modes
that are not known from traditional adhesive bonded steel plates or FRP-strips. All these possible
failure modes must be kept in mind when developing a design model to draw the outline of the failure.

The existing bond models for additional strengthening are basically adhesive bond laws with the
assumption of slip in the adhesive joint, but because the special material properties of the TRC-
strengthening this models cannot be applied to the bond of TRC-strengthening layers. A design model
for the bond of TRC-strengthening layers is currently not yet available.


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Josef Hegger, Norbert Will, Institute of Structural Concrete, Aachen University, Germany

ABSTRACT: abstract is missing

8.1 Introduction
In the architecture of the last two decades can be observed among other things, that materials
and her natural surface conditions are in the field of vision of the architects. Under these aspects the
development of the textile-reinforced concrete shows a significant technological and creative
contribution in the civil engineering. This new composite material allows by the production of filigree
concrete elements a completely new architectural appearance of the building material concrete. High-
quality exposed concrete surfaces with sharp edged appearance can be realized with the new material.

The reinforcement of concrete with technical textiles extends its application to completely new fields.
Because of the corrosion resistance of the textile materials, thick concrete covers as known in ordinary
reinforced concrete are no longer needed. Thus, slender structural members with a wall thickness as
low as ten millimetres are possible. In addition, fine grain concrete matrices guarantee an even and
sharp-edged high quality surface, so that TRC is predestinated for architectural applications. Although
the knowledge about the load bearing behaviour of TRC is still limited, applications such as cladding
panels [Heg2001b] and an integrated framework system [Bra2003] have already been implemented.
Textile-reinforced concrete offers already today a wide spectrum of applications, either as an
alternative to customary building materials or on account of his favourable characteristics for entirely
new ranges of application. In the following some of these projects are introduced.

8.2 Exterior cladding panels - Textile concrete facades

By replacing the ordinary steel reinforcement by textile reinforcement, filigree-cladding
panels with a broad range of design options can be created. Profile thickness, previously known only
from steel construction and composite fiber plastics structures, can be achieved with textile
reinforcement as well as high quality homogenous surfaces. These advantages lead to an entirely new
application potential for concrete as a building material, especially for façade construction. The small
panel thickness achieved by textile reinforced concrete, compared to the 70 to 100 mm required by
ordinary reinforced concrete panels, results in a lower dead load and also eliminates the need for
complex façade anchors.

Cladding panels made of TRC are used for the first time for the extension building of the Institute of
Structural Concrete, Aachen University. The existing hall with a span of 12.0 m has been extended by
four axes of 5.4 m each, resulting in an additional usable floor space of 21.6 m x 12.0 m. On the
longitudinal side of the hall, curtain wall panels are used instead of hitherto natural stone, which would
have been the typical choice. The upper part of the facade is cladded with panels. The design of the
curtain wall panels is shown in Fig. 8.3. At this time the sun-protection in Fig. 8.3 b is only added by a
computer. It will consist of textile reinforced concrete lamellae and will be attached during the next

Textile reinforced cladding panels have been used for the extension building shown in Fig. 8.1 of the
Institute of Structural Concrete, RWTH Aachen University. The existing single-aisle hall with a span
of 12.0 m has been extended by four axes of 5.4 m spacing each. Curtain wall elements were used

except for the lower part (socket) of the building, where sandwich plates of 35 mm thick facing shells
were placed (Fig. 8.2).

Facade Panels made of Textile Reinforced Concrete

Existing Hall Extension

Fig. 8.1. New extension of the testing hall of the Structural Concrete Institute.

sandwich elements
with facing shell of
textile concrete
facing shell of textile-
structural reinforced- reinforced concrete
concrete shell

thermal insulation air gap

thermal insulation

a) Sandwich elements with facing shell of textile b) Textile-reinforced cladding panels


Fig. 8.2. Sandwich elements and cladding panels out of textile reinforced concrete.

Innovative, textile reinforced concrete components have been developed for this purpose. On the
longitudinal side of the hall, 2685 x 325 x 25 mm curtain wall panels as shown in Fig. 8.3 have been
applied instead of hitherto natural stone, which would have been the typical choice. The high cost of
the natural stone and its manufacture restricts its use to high quality administrative buildings. Textile
reinforced cladding panels are notably less expensive and are therefore a cost efficient alternative for
residential and commercial structures.

a) View b) Detail c) Section
Fig. 8.3. Curtain wall construction of the Structural Concrete Institute.

Using fine-grained concrete with a maximum particle size of approximately 1.0 to 2.0 mm, smooth
surface finishes as well as sharp-edged profiles and joints could be achieved. The results are concrete
surfaces with a completely new look.

The design and calculation of the required textile reinforcement is based on the information from the
knowledge of the Collaborative Research Center 532 in Aachen [Heg2001]. The dimensions and
reinforcement is shown in Fig. 8.4.

50 168,5 50
7 18,5 7


268,5 [cm]
a) Dimensions and support conditions of panels (in cm).

50 168,5 50
7 18,5 7

20 20 [cm]
laminated alkali resistant
vertical extra layer glass fiber fabrics vertical extra layer
MAG 04-01
0°-direction horizontal
90°-direction vertical

b) Arrangement of textile reinforcement.

Fig. 8.4. Dimensions and reinforcement of textile reinforced concrete panels used.

The dimensions of panels are 268.5 x 32.5 x 2.5 cm³. The reinforcement layer in longitudinal direction
ranges about 4 mm from the surface of the panel. This leaves a concrete cover of at least 3 mm. In the
horizontal direction the panels are clamped at four points. In the vertical direction they are supported
by two thrust bearings, the other bearings only admit horizontal forces. Thus, no stresses due to
temperature changes are generated by the support conditions. The facade is subjected to wind load.
The design of the panels was made under the condition of no cracking under service loads.

Considering the results of the described experimental investigations a coated alkali resistant glass fiber
fabric (2200 tex and 8.33 mm mesh size in longitudinal direction, and 320 tex and 8.4 mesh size in the
transverse direction) has been chosen for the reinforcement of the panels. The coating doubles the
effectiveness k0 of the uncoated fabric, thus, k0 increased to 80 %. In addititon, using a coated fabric
leads to a better manageability because of the improved stability of the fabric structure. The fabric
having a maximum tensile strength σmax of 627 MPa and including a material safety factor γt = 1.5 for
the textiles, the required area is 65.8 mm2/m. The used mesh has a cross section area of At = 97.4
mm²/m in the longitudinal direction (direction of the tensile stresses). The fabrics are arranged in two
layers close to the surface, thus, providing an upper and lower reinforcement layer. In the area of the
bearings an additional layer has been provided in the vertical direction as shown in Fig. 8.4 b. The
load bearing capacity has been checked in four-point-bending tests as shown in Fig. 8.5.

140 280 500 280 140




Fig. 8.5. Bending tests performed on textile reinforced concrete panels.

The result of the tests was a safety factor against collapse under service loads higher than 4.
Furthermore, the large deflection values measured in the tests indicate the ductility of the panels.

For the production of the panels a self-compacting fine-grained concrete having an optimum
consistency capable of fully soaking the textiles was used. The panels were produced lying
horizontally as shown in Fig. 8.6.

a) b)
Fig. 8.6. Production of the textile reinforced concrete panels. a) Reinforcement inside formwork,
b) concreting of elements

First, a 4 mm thick concrete layer is poured in the formwork, followed by the placing of the first layer
of textile reinforcement. Then a 17 mm thick layer of concrete is poured followed by the placing of the
second reinforcement layer, and finally the remaining 4 mm concrete layer is poured. The difficulties
in the exact positioning of the textile reinforcement layer are one disadvantage of this very simple
production process.

An agraffe fixing device shown in Fig. 8.7 is used for the fixing of the curtain wall panels.

Vertical Substructure
(plugged at steel- Agraffe
reinforced wall)

Horizontal Profiles

Dowel in


Fig. 8.7. Fixing technique of the curtain wall panels.

The vertical aluminum substructure (skeleton) of the device is plugged into the steel-reinforced wall.
The agraffes are fixed to the textile-reinforced panels using special dowels. These are positioned in the
panel inside cone-shaped boreholes. Pull out and shearing tests have been carried out in order to check
the load bearing capacity of the dowels. The results showed that the dowels can resist more than seven
times the load they are actually subjected to in practice even if they are positioned in cracked concrete.

8.3 Sandwich elements
The concreting of the sandwich elements is performed in analogy to the production of ordinary
reinforced concrete elements. The textile reinforcement (in this case a contoured profiled spacer
fabric, consisting of two cover layers and yarns in between as shown in Fig. 8.8 a) is placed in the
formwork, which is then filled with highly liquid fine concrete. Before that, the anchors connecting the
facing shell elements with the reinforced concrete bearing elements are put in place. After the
hardening of the facing shells, the reinforced concrete bearing element is poured. In Fig. 8.8 b) a
completed sandwich element is shown.

a) b)
Fig. 8.8. Sandwich elements made out of textile reinforced concrete. a) profiled spacer fabric, b)
completed sandwich element

8.4 Parapet sheet

The design of multi-storey car-park constructions follows mainly functional and economic
aspects. In precast structures the thickness of the facade elements arise about 10 cm due to the
corrosive protection of the reinforcement . This leads to heavy elements with restricted possibilities in
design. Therefore, the Dresden University developed a prototype of a parapet element with dimensions
of 1.5 × 2.5 m² [Cur2003b] (Fig. 8.9).

Fig. 8.9. Prototype of the parapet sheet.

The ordinary steel reinforcement was substituted in the 20 mm panel by an biaxial textile
reinforcement made from AR-Glass. The edge stiffening is reinforced by fiber bars. The dimensions
and the dead weight of the element were reduced to a minimum. Besides the lower transport and
mounting weights advantages exist also for the anchorage constructions.

Information: Dresden University (Germany)

8.5 Decentralized wastewater treatment plants made of textile reinforced

Decentralized wastewater treatment is very important in sparsely populated areas. Technical,
environmental and economic reasons oppose connecting a few households with waste water treatment
plants. In the next years the wastewater of 7-8 million citizens in Germany will be treated
decentralized. For this purpose, durable and cost-efficient wastewater treatment plants are needed.

Due to their high load-bearing capacity and lower-cost fabrication, tanks made of reinforced concrete
have the biggest market share. Steel-reinforcement is normally arranged to provide its load bearing
capacity and tightness. Depending on the type of the plant (aerobic or anaerobic) and the composition
of the wastewater the reinforcement or the concrete may be damaged by corrosion. The risk of a
corrosive attack by biogeneous sulfuric acid in anaerobic parts of a wastewater treatment plant is
usually higher than in aerobic parts, but even there it may occur, e.g. due to insufficient service.

Decentralized wastewater treatment plants made of textile reinforced concrete offer many advantages
such as a lower wall thickness and a higher durability against corrosion attacks. Because no
experiences were present for the construction and the application of decentralized wastewater
treatment plants made of textile reinforced concrete, suitable fine concrtes and textiles were developed
at the RWTH Aachen University within the scope of an AiF research project as well as calculation and
production procedure for this application [Heg2003, Heg2004b]. The practical applicability of the
research results was proved by the realization of a prototype shown in Fig. 8.10 in cooperation with
the industrial partner Mall GmbH, Donaueschingen, Germany, a manufacturer of prefabricated
decentralized wastewater treatment plants within the scope of the project.

a) Geometry b) Prototype

Fig. 8.10. Prototype of a decentralized wastewater treatment plants made of textile reinforced

The geometry of the planned tank is defined according to custom and usage requirements and to the
demands of the available German Standards. The wall of the basin has a thickness of 4 cm, which is
less than half of the thickness of a steel-reinforced tank. The textile reinforcement will consist of two
layers which are arranged one at each side of the wall. The chosen biaxial carbon fiber fabric has a
weight of 160 g/m² in each direction. Fig. 8.11 shows the prepared reinforcement with arranged
concrete spacers.The concrete cover is about 5 mm.

concrete spacer
carbon layer

spacer fabric

Fig. 8.11. Reinforcement of the tank with arranged concrete spacers.

The 1650 tex-rovings have a spacing of 10 mm. The carbon fiber fabrics will be glued on a spacer
fabric that ensures the distance between the inner and the outer layer of the reinforcement. The
concrete cover will be achieved by gluing concrete pieces of about 5 mm thickness on the
reinforcement. The concrete pieces ensure the distance between reinforcement and formwork during
the pouring of the concrete. Today there are no textile reinforcements available which include

applicated spacers. Therefore, preparing the reinforcement has to be done manually and is time

8.6 Integrated formwork element

Within the scope of a DBV/AiF research project [Bra2003] a integrated formwork element is
developed in Aachen RWTH together with the university of Stuttgart which should be used for a stell
reinforced concrete floors. It is capable to carry the load in the erection state and is integrated in the
construction member after concreting (Fig. 8.12).

Fig. 8.12. Integrated formwork element made of textile concrete.

In the final state an additionally steel reinforcement carries the tensile forces. In addition, the
necessary concrete cover can be reduced by the application of the fine concrete matrix, so that a better
exploitation of the cross section becomes possible. The industrially precast elements can be moved
due to their low weight by hand on the building site. The durability of the textile fiberglass
reinforcement is not so important, because the textile reinforcement has to take over a load bearing
function according only during the erection state. Near the optimisation of the formwork cross section
and the first tips for the rational production of the elements are the cooperation of formwork and
concrete as well as the fire behaviour the main investigation targets.

Information: ibac, Aachen (Germany)

8.7 Balcony floor sheet

The supplement of balconies in existing old dwellings or their renewal can be realized
economically by metal-lightweight constructions. As an alternative of the metal foot grounds which
are rejected by the majority of the users the Textile research institute in Chemnitz, Saxony developed
together with the Dresden University a slender rib slab with dimensions of 2.75 × 1.60 m² (Fig. 8.13)
with similar geometrical qualities like the parapet sheet in chapter 8.4.

Cross section of compact prototypes with Orthogonal textile reinforcement with worked in
reinforcing bar elements in the ribs and in the reinforcing bar elements
edge stiffening frame

Fig. 8.13. Prototype of a balcony floor sheet.

The ordinary steel reinforcement was substituted in the 20 mm panel by an biaxial textile
reinforcement made from AR-Glass. The ribs of a total height of 70-mm were reinforced by fiber bars.

Information: Dresden University (Germany)

8.8 Diamond-shaped framework

In the chair of construction 2 RWTH Aachen University architectures examined the
possibilities for the application of textile concrete in structures. The following project shows in
Fig. 8.14 one solution, the diamond-shaped framework. This construction principle has got numerous
historical examples [Mok1968, Ner1957], in particular in the industrial construction in the 1950s till
the 1960s, applied as an ordinary reinforced precast concrete structure.

a) Isometric projection of a diamond-shaped b) Spatial appearance of the diamond-shaped

framework framework

Fig. 8.14. Diamond-shaped framework.

The structure is mainly stressed by pressure. Only with eccentric load cases, e.g., wind effect on the
long sides bending moment occur. The whole construction is stabilized by the diagonal position of the
curves without additional elements in longitudinal direction. Furthermore the complex geometry of the
structure can be composed with very easy elements shown in Fig. 8.15.

Fig. 8.15. Jointing of diamond-shaped elements and spatial appearance from the inside.

The diamond-shaped element, with dimensions of 1000 x 600 mms, a height of 160 mms and a
thickness of 25 mm has a weight of approx. 23 kgs. The approximated curve form is generated by
coupling the elements in each joint with an offset of 5º.

The example shows that already today textile reinforced concrete can be used for structures. Easy
connecting technologies, flexible textiles and the first static calculation models form the bases for the
development of structures which point up the constructive and creative characteristics of the new
material like slimness of the elements, sharp edged appearance and excellent concrete surfaces.

8.9 Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems EIFS (C. Aldea)

EIFS are non-load bearing exterior wall cladding systems. EIFS are designed as a barrier wall
system rather than a cavity wall, which implies that they must prevent the intrusion of water into the
structure. EIFS are a very effective means of insulating buildings from the extremes of hot and cold
ambient temperatures.

EIFS are used as exterior retrofits for existing buildings to improve the insulation value. There is also
a large emphasis on the use of EIFS for new designs and construction. EIFS has proven cost effective
for a wide range of buildings including office structures, retail establishments, industrial plants,
schools and residences.

Buildings manufactured using an EIFS are 30% more energy efficient than traditional methods where
the insulation is on the inside of the building. The more even surface temperature distribution inside
the building increases the comfort of the occupants.

Other benefits include:

• Light weight for reduced dead load on superstructure
• Design flexibility

• Low cost
• Wide range of finish colors and textures offered for retrofit as well as new construction
• Many installation options from field applied to prefabricated panels
• Major code compliance: ICBO; BOCA; SBCCI
The EIFS is a non-load bearing exterior wall system consisting of layers of the following components:
an insulation board which is adhesively or mechanically attached to a substrate such as plywood; a
polymer modified cement base coat reinforced with a fiberglass mesh; and a finish coat. The insulation
board is generally composed of polystyrene or polyisocyanurate foam. The cement base coat and
finish coat serve as water barriers and also as a matrix to transfer loads to the fiberglass mesh. The
fiberglass mesh is needed to prevent cracking of the base coat and finish coat due to thermal loads on
the panel as well as to protect the panel from impact damage. In some instances, two layers of mesh
are used for high impact resistance, or meshes of higher areal weight. Reinforcing meshes are
available in the following typical configurations:

Table 8.1. Textile reinforcement used for EIFS.

Feature Range
Coated fabric weight (g/ m ) 140 - 700
Ends/10 cm 14-30
Warp Yarn (tex) 134-1100
Weft Yarn (tex) 275-2200
Fabric thickness (mm) 0.4-1.2
Aperture area (mm ) 7-20
Fabric tests (typically carried out by fabric manufacturers):
1) Weave Identification: according to SGTF 1121
2) Fabric Construction: according to ASTM D-3775
3) Fabric Weight: according to ASTM D-3776
4) Thickness: according to ASTM D-1777
5) Tensile Strength: according to ASTM D-5035
6) Fire Resistance: according to D-568
7) Alkali Resistance: according to EIMA 105.0
The following tests are performed on the EIFS system (typically carried out by EIFS manufacturers).
No test method numbers are available:
1) Structural Testing
2) Mildew/Fungus Resistance
3) Salt Spray Resistance
4) Water Vapor Transmission
5) Accelerated Weathering
6) Freeze/Thaw Absorption
7) Impact Resistance
8) Insulation Board Testing
9) Fire Tunnel Test
10) Fire Endurance Test
11) Diversified Fire Test
12) Standard Fire Exposure
13) Full Scale Multi-Story Fire Test
14) Tensile Bond
15) Water Resistance
16) Water Penetration

17) Radiant Heat
The installation methods are unique to each systems supplier and they are not universal. Little
information is on file here in that regard. In general, the cement base coat is applied to the foam board
to a closely controlled depth; the fabric is then embedded into the wet base coat such that it is
encapsulated entirely. The decorative finish coat is applied after the base coat has cured.

8.10 Gypsum Board Joint Finishing System (C. Aldea)

8.10.1 Definition and role of the system

Stresses caused by movement due to wind and seismic forces, settling foundations, shifting
buildings, normal traffic, thermal fluctuations, hygrometric expansion and lumber shrinkage result in
load transfer to the drywall panels. Due to the brittle nature of the joint treatments, these imposed
stresses are sufficiently strong to overcome the strength of non-reinforced joint treatments and results
in cracks. This has the effect of ruining the aesthetic finish of the drywall wall or ceiling, and requires
a remedial action. A reinforcement material is needed to protect the joint treatments against these

Joint finishing products are an integral part of gypsum board systems. The main function of the joint
tape and compound system is to render the surface of the wall smooth, uniform and allow for an
aesthetic finish.

To be an effective joint reinforcement, the following characteristics need to be addressed:

• low elongation and high tensile strength (high modulus)
• compatibility with the joint compound
• easy to use
• non-staining
• not sensitive to temperature and humidity changes
• no degradation or corrosion with time
As the joints are stressed due to loads, a high modulus based reinforcement such as glass is the
material of choice. The high modulus material will tend not to stretch whereas a low-modulus material
will stretch and allow the joints to crack. Other materials used are: paper tape, fiberglass mat tape and
in some countries materials such as polyester are used.

8.10.2 Elements of the system: fabric and matrix/joint compound

Fabric tape is a woven or knitted mesh made of coated fiberglass self-adhesive mesh tape, fibreglass
mat tape or polyester tape. The mesh construction allows for the joint compound to penetrate through
the mesh openings and encapsulates the fiberglass yarns while ensuring a proper contact and bond to
the gypsum board underneath. Most glass mesh tapes have 8 to 9 ends per inch in both the warp and
weft. E or C type glass is used as the tape is not used in a high alkaline environment and does not
need to be alkaline resistant.

There are two basic types of joint compounds on the market that are used with reinforcement tapes:
drying type compounds and setting type compounds. The main ingredient of joint compound is
calcium carbonate mixed with other ingredients such as clay, talc, mica, thickeners, resin/latex, perlite,
preservatives and water to produce creamy, easily spreadable paste. Calcium sulfate is used only in
setting type compounds. Setting type compounds give a harder, stronger binding material compared to
drying type compounds.

8.10.3 Typical tests
• Physical testing of joint compound, paper joint tape, glass-mesh tape and an assembly of joint
compound and joint tape: ASTM C474.
• Joint treatment materials: ASTM C475. Note: The joint treatment materials described in these
standards are for use with gypsum board installed in accordance with specification ASTM C840.
• tests for glass mesh tapes: ASTM C474;
o tensile strength
o width
o thickness
o skewness
o method for evaluating tensile properties of gypsum panel joints
• An adhesive test for evaluating ability of self-adhesive tape to stick to gypsum board panels is
in review with ASTM.
• specifications for glass mesh tape; ASTM C475
o Tensile strength – shall be not less than 30 lbf/in (5.25N/mm) in the cross direction
o Width – shall be not less than 1 7/8 in. (48mm) nor more than 2 ¼ in. (60mm)
o Thickness – shall be not more than 0.012 in. (0.30mm).
o Skewness – shall be not more than 8.75% when tested in accordance with method

8.10.4 Installation
A self adhesive tape is directly applicated to the gypsum board surface (A compound is spread over
top of the taped joint with sufficient pressure to allow the compound to penetrate through the mesh
and into the joint space.

Fig. 8.16. Installation of the Gypsum Board Joint Finishing System.

After the first coat of compound is dried, one or more coats may be applied and sanded after drying.
The number of coats of compound applied and amount of sanding done will depend on the desired
level of aesthetic finish to be achieved.

8.11 …..
Search for realized / planned applications still in progress

Infomation available: Durapct, Novacret, Dr. Peled, Prof. Bartos, C. Meyer, Prof. Reinhardt,
Fachvereinigung Faserbeton…..

8.12 Summary and view
Todo: Aachen University


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