This report provides the information obtained from a literature search, site visits, and a laboratory study of polypropylene fibers in portland cement concrete (PCC). The literature search yielded information from numerous laboratory studies of the material properties of polypropylene fiber reinforced concrete (PFRC). The literature showed that, for the low fiber volumes (0.1%) recommended by most manufacturers, there was marginal improvement in toughness, fatigue, impact resistance, permeability, shrinkage, and wear resistance. Limited construction has taken place on PFRC suitable for airport construction. Most construction has been of slabs-on-grade and structural slabs. The laboratory study showed that, at 0.1% by volume of fibers, the reinforced concrete did not provide appreciable enhancement of material properties over non-reinforced PCC.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The U.S. Army Waterways Experiment Station conducted this study as part of the Inter-Agency Agreement Project "Durability Criteria for Airport Pavements".
  • Corporate Authors:

    U.S. Army Waterways Experiment Station

    Geotechnical Laboratory, 3909 Halls Ferry Road
    Vicksburg, MS  United States  39180-6199

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Authors:
    • Shoenberger, J E
    • Tom, J G
  • Publication Date: 1992-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 116 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00627048
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/FAA/RD-92/9
  • Contract Numbers: DTFA01-90-Z-02069
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 9 1993 12:00AM