Induced Modification of Flexural Toughness of Natural Hydraulic Lime Based Mortars by Addition of Giant Reed Fibers

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Nowadays, there is a growing need to reduce the environmental impact generated by the use of inorganic materials for building applications. The aim of this work is to investigate the bio-lime based mortar flexural toughness improvement due to the addition of common reed fibers (Arundo donax L.) in order to evaluate their possible application as ductile eco-compatible prefabricated bricks or laying and joint mortars for masonry. Different sets of specimens were tested by varying the fiber weight content and the fiber length. Moreover, chemical treatments with Linseed Oil and Polyethylene glycol (PEG) were performed to improve the physical and mechanical properties of the fibers as well as the fiber/matrix interfacial adhesion. The Mechanical characterization of the neat and treated fibers was performed through Single Fiber Pull-out Test and Single Fiber Tensile Test. The quasi-static mechanical properties of the composites were evaluated through Three-Point Bending and Compressive tests. Finally, an analytical model proposed in the literature has been used to evaluate the parameters that influence the post-fracture behavior of the composites. Overall, the findings of this study are valuable to understand the flexural behavior of new eco-compatible natural fibers reinforced mortars for masonry application providing scientific evidence of the effectiveness of giant reed fibers in the manufacturing of green building materials, as bricks or laying mortars.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalCase Studies in Construction Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)


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