International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2569

Full Length Research Paper

Effect of size and stacking of glass fibers on the mechanical properties of the fiber-reinforced-mortars (FRMs)

Saidi M.*, Safi B., Benmounah A. and Aribi C.
Laboratory of Mineral and Composite Materials L.M.M.C, Department of Materials Engineering,  F.S.I/University of Boumerdes, Algeria
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 28 February 2011
  •  Published: 04 April 2011



In modern day construction practice, repair and rehabilitation of structures have taken a prominent role. Indeed, the recent trend of rehabilitating and strengthening unreinforced masonry reinforced with glass fibers.  In this paper, the use of fiber-reinforced-mortars (FRMs) is proposed for construction rehabilitation and reconstruction applications. A single type of fiber (glass fiber) with different length is considered; short, long and mixed. Several specimens mortars reinforced with fibers are tested in compression and flexure. Also, the stack and the microstructure of the interface glass fibers-matrix cementitious of the reinforced specimen, was examined. The results showed a remarkable increase in the mechanical resistances (50%), an important reduction of the brittleness of the reinforced mortars (lengthening higher than 40%) and a good ductility. That made it possible to increase considerably the safety of our constructions with a better esthetic aspect.


Key words: Mortar, reinforcement, glass fibers, stackings, lengthening, mechanical properties.