International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2557

Full Length Research Paper

Performance of date palm fibres reinforced plaster concrete

A. Djoudi 1, M.M. Khenfer1, A. Bali2, E.H. Kadri3 and G. Debicki4
  1Laboratory of Civil Engineering Research, Laghouat University, Algeria. 2LCE Laboratory, Polytechnic School, El-Harrah 16200, Algeria. 3L2MGC Laboratory, University of Cergy-pontoise, 95031 Cergy-pontoise, Paris, France. 4LGCIE Laboratory, INSA of Lyon, 69621 Villeurbanne Cedex, France.
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  •  Accepted: 17 April 2012
  •  Published: 31 May 2012



This paper describes an investigation on the use of a new composite construction material composed of plaster, sand, crushed gravel and date palm fibres of waste agriculture peels, having mechanical properties potentially useful in technical domains. Thermal conductivity and some mechanical and physical properties are investigated. The results showed that the incorporated vegetable fibres changed the rheological and the mechanical behaviour of the material and increase considerably its ductility, improving its cracking threshold. A decrease in thermal conductivity and bulk density is recorded. Therefore, it seems to be a promising composite for saving energy suitable for renovation purposes.


Keys words: Palm, fibres, plaster, thermal conductivity, ductility, composite, concrete, gypsum.