Microstructural And Mechanical Behaviour Of Polyamide Fibre-reinforced Plaster Composites


Different concentrations of polyamide fibres with given aspect ratios were added to a commercial plaster to investigate the mechanical behaviour.  The presence of these  water-absorbent fibres affects the hydration of the plaster and causes changes in the plaster microstructure.  All the mechanical parameters decrease monotonically as the concentration of fibres is increased, except the fracture toughness which shows a different trend.  The ability of the  composites to retain strength at the onset of matrix cracking has been forecast and analysed on a phenomenological basis in terms of a fibre efficiency factor  which is a useful supplement to the usual mechanical characterisation of such materials. 7 refs.

Primary author(s): Eve S; Gomina M; Gmouh A; Samdi A; Moussa R; Orange G

                            Caen,Laboratoire CRISMAT; Casablanca,Universite Hassan II;

Source: J.Eur.Ceram.Soc.


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