Selection of proper matrix with plasma-treated HTPP fiber reinforced cementitious composites in terms of flexural toughness


JOURNAL OF BUILDING ENGINEERING, vol.45, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jobe.2021.103632
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Compendex, INSPEC
  • Keywords: Cementitious composites, Fiber reinforcement, Cold plasma treatment, Multiple cracking, Four points bending test, POLYMER SURFACE MODIFICATION, POLYPROPYLENE-FIBER, MECHANICAL-PROPERTIES, PULLOUT BEHAVIOR, STEEL, FLAME, PERFORMANCE, CAPACITY, CRACKING, BOND
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


In this study the influence of matrix type on plasma-treated high tenacity polypropylene fiber reinforced cementitious composites were investigated. The fibers were subjected to low frequency cold plasma of oxygen gas. Power rate of the generator was 50,100 and 200 W, and duration was 0.5, 2 and 20 min. 25 x 60 x 300 mm prismatic samples were prepared with two type of matrices, and plasma-treated/untreated fibers. Scanning electron microscope was used to determine physical modifications on the fibre surface. Four point bending tests were conducted on prismatic samples. Matrices with treated and untreated fiber reinforcement were compared by means of flexural properties. Analysis of variences was applied to the plasma treated fiber reinforced groups. Test results showed that the flexural behaviour of composites was affected by plasma power and duration. There was physical modification for each plasma power and duration. The influence of plasma treatment on fiber-matrix bond properties was mainly affected by matrix type: weak matrix showed better flexural properties with low power and short duration plasma treated fibers, whereas comparatively stronger matrix expressed greater flexural properties at higher power and longer durations when compared to untreated fiber reinforced composites.