Polypropylene FRC In Steel Deck Composite Slabs

by Gary L. Vondran, Fibermesh Co, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Materials

Abstract: Engineers, testing laboratories, universities and metal deck manufacturers have studied polypropylene fiber reinforced concrete (FRC) and compared the results with similar slabs reinforced with welded wire fabric. Testing for drying shrinkage cracking, fire resistance, bending load deflections and shear stud connections are summarized. The tests show fibrillated polypropylene 'micro reinforces' in a different way but is 'equal to' welded wire fabric (WWF) typically used for such purposes. Multidimensional fiber reinforced concrete (FRC) offers a practical alternative that compliments metal deck assemblies.

Subject Headings: Fiber reinforced concrete | Concrete slabs | Polymer | Steel decks | Welding | Material tests

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