Application of Nanoindentation Testing to Study of the Interfacial Transition Zone in Steel Fiber Reinforced Mortar

Characteristics of the profiles of elastic modulus and hardness of steel fiber–matrix and fiber–matrix–aggregate interfacial zones in steel fiber reinforced mortars have been investigated by using nanoindentation and Scanning Electron Microscopy, where 2 sets of parameters (i.e. water/binder ratio and content of silica fume) were considered. Different interfacial bond conditions in the interfacial transition zones (ITZ) are discussed. For samples without silica fume, efficient interfacial bonds across the steel fiber–matrix and fiber–matrix–aggregate interfaces are shown in low water/binder ratio mortar; while in high water/binder ratio mortar, due to discontinuous bleeding voids underneath the fiber, the fiber–matrix bond is not very good. Conversely, for samples with silica fume, the addition of 10% silica fume leads to no distinct presence of weak ITZ in the steel fiber–matrix interface; but the effect of the silica fume on the steel fiber–matrix–aggregate interfacial zone is not obvious due to voids in the vicinity of steel fiber.


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  • Accession Number: 01142302
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 20 2009 4:21PM