The fracture process of steel fiber/cementitious matrix composites has been studied using a single-fiber pullout test that permits detailed measurements of the load-crack opening displacement relationship during fiber debonding and unloading. Using a suitable analytical model, the interfacial fracture energy and interfacial sliding friction have been calculated for composites incorporating steel fibers with cement paste or mortar matrices. Comparison of theoretical debonding curves with the experimental data show that the model accurately represents the fiber debonding process, except for a decrease in interfacial sliding friction due to wear of matrix asperities at the interface. Differences between the calculated interfacial properties of several specimens are associated with changes in the interfacial microstructure.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of the American Ceramic Society|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites
- Materials Chemistry