This research is part of a project that aims to investigate using foamed concrete structurally in houses. Foamed concrete has a porous structure that makes it light in weight, good in thermal insulation, good in sound insulation and workable.
An experimental program is conducted in this research to investigate the behavior of polypropylene fiber reinforced foam concrete beams laterally reinforced with/without glass fiber grid.
The results proved the effectiveness and efficiency of using glass fiber grid as lateral reinforcements on the shear strength of reinforced foam concrete ribs, in reducing the cracks width and increasing its shear capacity, contrary to using glass fiber grid of reinforced foam concrete beams since glass fiber grid did not play good role in beams.
Limited literature is available regarding the structural use of foam concrete. However, work has been done in many countries concerning its use as insulation material, while limited work was done on structural type of foam concrete.
The author would like to thank the Deanship of Scientific Research/the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan for financially supporting this research as part of grant No. 1397 awarded to Dr. Rabab Allouzi.
AL-Kasasbeh, T. and Allouzi, R. (2021), "Behavior of polypropylene fiber reinforced foam concrete beams laterally reinforced with/without glass fiber grid", International Journal of Structural Integrity, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 439-453. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSI-04-2020-0043
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