Specifications and Design Guide for Structural Applications of Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Many types of structures use a reinforced concrete design based on welded wire mesh or continuous reinforcement. They are designed using traditional methods based on linear elastic analysis/ultimate strength approach or empirical methods which avoid structural analysis. Significant cost savings could be realized if an alternative reinforcing method, such as fiber reinforced concrete, could be used. Recent studies have shown that fiber reinforced concrete can be effectively used as a reinforcing component for a majority of applications with significant cost savings. Simplified design equations developed recently however need to be calibrated using testing, field work, and various fiber types. Theoretical justification for significant cost savings can be established and correlated with field studies. In this project, several structures will be built using fiber-reinforced concrete and their performance compared to regular reinforced concrete.