Title page for ETD etd-01092007-000202

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Ordija, James Louis
Author's Email Address jordija@vt.edu
URN etd-01092007-000202
Title Structural Performance of Fiber-Reinforced and Welded Wire Fabric-Reinforced Concrete Composite Slabs
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Easterling, William Samuel Committee Chair
Murray, Thomas M. Committee Member
Roberts-Wollmann, Carin L. Committee Member
  • residual strength
  • welded wire fabric
  • secondary reinforcement
  • composite slabs
  • synthetic fibers
Date of Defense 2006-12-12
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The purpose of this research is to evaluate and compare the structural performance of composite floor slabs reinforced with 6 x 6 W1.4/W1.4 welded wire fabric (WWF) and STRUX 90/40 synthetic macro fibers. Slabs were subjected to flexural strength tests and concentrated load tests while monitoring load, steel deck strains, and deflections. Test results obtained from this test program were also compared to results from a similar test program conducted in 2001. Tests were also performed to obtain the average residual-strength of the fiber-reinforced concrete using the ASTM C 1399 (2003) standard test.

All slabs were loaded until a complete failure was observed. The observed failure loads were compared to failure loads calculated by design guides published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Steel Deck Institute (SDI).

The flexural strength tests showed that composite slabs reinforced with synthetic macro fibers and WWF exhibited strength and behavior that was almost identical. The observed values of strength were also within the range that was predicted by ASCE prediction models. At a typical office design load of 70 psf, all slabs exhibited midspan deflections that were much smaller than those necessary for serviceability requirements.

The concentrated load tests also showed that the observed strength of all composite slabs tested was above those values predicted by ASCE and SDI models. However, an effective comparison between the WWF-reinforced and synthetic macro fiber-reinforced slab was difficult due to a poor shear bond in the latter slab prior to testing.

The results of the ASTM C 1399 test verified the ability of concrete reinforced with synthetic macro fibers to meet average residual-strength values recommended by the SDI.

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