Bio-inspired Design of Novel Reinforced Concrete Elements Public
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Concrete has the greatest, most wide-spread usage of any construction material. However, cracking and deterioration remains a prominent issue with this material. This project researched the feasibility of reinforcing concrete with aluminum foams and stainless-steel fibers. 10 PPI, 20 PPI, and 40 PPI 6106-T6 aluminum foams and stainless steel A16 fibers were used as reinforcement in 1” x 1” x 1” cubes of cement paste and cured for 14 days before tested in compression. The goal of this project was to evaluate whether these reinforcement materials have positively reinforced the cement, and whether changing the composite structure can yield a stronger concrete material.
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