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dc.contributor.authorGhaffar, SH-
dc.contributor.authorAl-Kheetan, M-
dc.contributor.authorEwens, P-
dc.contributor.authorWang, T-
dc.contributor.authorZhuang, J-
dc.identifier.citationConstruction and Building Materials, 2020, 239en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates the interfacial bonding of natural fibre reinforced (NFR) cementitious composites by exploring the incorporation of 20–30 mm strands of uncoated and resin coated flax/wool twine into various cementitious matrices. Cementitious matrices consisting of pulverised fly-ash (FA), ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) and ordinary Portland cement (OPC) in various ratios were tested with the addition of flax/wool twine (1% volume ratio). The mechanical properties of these samples were assessed at 7 and 28 days. The results showed a reduction in the flexural and compressive strength of uncoated NFR samples compared to unreinforced (UNR) counterparts due to weak interfacial bonding between the uncoated fibres and the cementitious paste, therefore, formation of voids. Epoxy (EP) and polyurethane (PU) resin were then used to coat the flax/wool twine prior to their inclusion in various cementitious pastes. The results revealed improvements in both flexural and compressive strengths exhibited at 7 and 28 days compared to UNR and uncoated NFR samples. The greatest improvement of flexural strength, 61% compared to UNR, was achieved by the mix consisting of 50% OPC and 50% FA matrix with EP resin coated flax/wool twine at 28 days. While PU coated samples exhibited an increase of 31% in flexural strength at 28 days for the same cementitious mix ratio. The morphology of the resin coated NFR samples showed an intimate interfacial bond to surrounding cementitious paste, which explains the increased mechanical performance.en_US
dc.subjectInterfacial bondingen_US
dc.subjectCementitious matrixen_US
dc.subjectPozzolanic cementen_US
dc.subjectFlax/wool twineen_US
dc.titleInvestigation of the interfacial bonding between flax/wool twine and various cementitious matrices in mortar compositesen_US
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