Permeability of cracked steel fiber-reinforced concrete

Julie Rapoport*, Corina Maria Aldea, Surendra P. Shah, Bruce Ankenman, Alan Karr

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This research explores the relationship between permeability and crack width in cracked, steel fiber-reinforced concrete. In addition, it inspects the influence of steel fiber reinforcement on concrete permeability. The feedback-controlled splitting tension test (also known as the Brazilian test) is used to induce cracks of up to 500 μm (0.02 in.) in concrete specimens without reinforcement, and with steel fiber reinforcement volumes of both 0.5 and 1%. The cracks relax after induced cracking. The steel fibers decrease the permeability of specimens with relaxed cracks larger than 100 μm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-358
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Materials in Civil Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2002


  • Concrete
  • Cracking
  • Fiber reinforced materials
  • Permeability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials


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