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From its relative obscurity in the 1960s, the rapid ascent of
fiber-reinforced concrete to a mainstream construction material has been nothing
short of spectacular, and paralleled by only a few other constructions
materials. In spite of having come a long way, however, a lot still remains to
be done. Even with nearly 200,000 metric tons of fibers used annually in
applications such as slabs-on-ground, shotcrete, precast products, etc., there
still exists a number of areas where fiber reinforcement has not made many
inroads. One such frontier area is that of structural concrete.
Numerous laboratory studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of fibers in
structural elements, but neither the code bodies nor the consultants have
yet given it a serious thought. The same applies to structures of strategic and
military importance that are subjected to blast and impact loading. Fiber
reinforcement is without a doubt the most effective way of enhancing the
resistance of concrete to such dynamic loads, but this has not yet transpired
This Special Publication is a small step and epitomizes
progress. Pioneers of fiber-reinforced concrete were deemed unreasonable by
their peers, but as Bernard Shaw said, being unreasonable is the only way to
make progress. 240 pp.
Innovation in Fiber Reinforced Concrete for Value - Table of Contents:
SP-216-1: Influence of Fiber Dispersion on the Performance of
Microfiber Reinforced Cement Composites
SP-216-2: Effect of Specimen Size on the Compressive Response of High Strength
Concrete Containing Fibers and Spiral Steel Reinforcement
SP-216-3: High Strength Lightweight Aggregate Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (HS-LWA
FRC) Filled Steel Tube Columns for Increased Seismic Resistance
SP-216-4: Fiber Reinforced High Strength Concrete: Residual Strength and Pore
Structure Subjected to High Temperatures
SP-216-5: Strength and Size Effects in Fiber Reinforced Materials
SP-216-6: Shear Capacity of Concrete Beams Containing Longitudinal Reinforcement
and Steel Fibers