Experimental study on self-healing capability of frcc using synthetic fibers

Marina Koda, Hirozo Mihashi, Tomoya Nishiwaki, Takatune Kikuta

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Even in case of conventional concrete, cracks width of about 0.1 mm or smaller is relatively safe due to self-healing autogenously achieved by immersing moisture. In this self-healing phenomenon, fiber reinforced cementitious composites (FRCC) that enable to keep the crack width smaller can be greatly effective. In order to investigate the self-healing capability of FRCC, some experiments were carried out that focused on the recovery of mechanical properties and chemical precipitation on the crack surface. Kinds and length of the contained fibers were adopted as the experimental parameters. These specimens, in which cracks were introduced by tension test, were cured in water after introducing cracks. The self-healing capability of the specimens was investigated by means of microscope observation, water permeability test, and re-tension test. It was found that a lot of very fine fibers were bridging over the crack and crystallization products became easy to be precipitated around such bridging fibers. Additionally, the increasing rate of the thickness of the crystallization products during the initial stage is higher than that of the latter stage. As a result, water permeability coefficient was recovered significantly. However, mechanical properties were restored slightly. Furthermore, it was shown that different types of fibers led a different performance of the self-healing effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1547-1552
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Structural and Construction Engineering
Issue number667
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sept


  • Coefficient of water permeability
  • Cracks
  • FRCC
  • Mechanical properties
  • Self-healing
  • Synthetic fiber

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction


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