Effect of graphene oxide on single fiber pullout behavior

Prinya Chindaprasirt, Piti Sukontasukkul, Apisit Techaphatthanakon, Suriyawan Kongtun, Chesta Ruttanapun, Doo Yeol Yoo, Weerachart Tangchirapat, Suchart Limkatanyu, Nemkumar Banthia

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The properties of fiber reinforced concrete (FRC) depends strongly on bond between fiber and cement matrix. Any change in matrix and fiber characteristics affects the bond behavior. In this study, the effect of graphene oxide on cement composite strength and bond behavior between fiber and cement matrix was investigated. The graphene oxide solution with concentration of 10 mg/ml was mixed with cement mortar at 0.05% by weight of cement. Four types of fibers viz., hooked end steel, double hooked end steel, polypropylene and glass fibers were tested by embedding in both plain cement mortar (M) and cement graphene mortar (GM). The single fiber pullout test was performed at the rates of 60 and 180 mm/min. Results were collected in form of failure mode, scanning electron microscope (SEM) images, bond-slip response, bond strength and energy absorption. SEM images showed that the failure modes depended on fiber type, matrix type and loading rate. The steel fibers showed almost no damage except for the change of hooked end shape at the fiber end. For polypropylene fiber, the fiber surface scraping was commonly observed while the debonding of coating material was observed for glass fiber. The bond strength was higher in GM mortar than that of M mortar and increased with the increase in loading rate. In the case of fiber type, steel fibers exhibited higher bond and energy absorption than both polypropylene and glass fibers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122539
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Apr 19

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Funding Information:
This study is financial support by National Research Council of Thailand and King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok under contract number KMUTNB-BasicR-64-09. The authors would like to acknowledge fundings from Thailand Research Fund under contract no. RTA6280012 and DPG6180002.

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© 2021 Elsevier Ltd

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)


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