Influence of recycled steel fiber on the properties of self-compacting concrete with high fly ash content

  • Nguyen Hung Cuong Faculty of Building and Industrial Construction, Hanoi University of Civil Engineering, 55 Giai Phong road, Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi, Vietnam
Keywords: self-compacting concrete, workability, concrete strength, plastic shrinkage, drying shrinkage


The recycled steel fibers from waste steel cables have properties suitable for enhancing the load-bearing capacity, impact resistance, and shrinkage reduction of Self-Compacting Concrete (SCC). The use of a high content of fly ash in SCC reduces production costs and is environment friendly by minimizing the amount of cement in the mix. This article presents the experimental research results on the influence of the content of recycled steel fibers on the properties of high-fly-ash SCC. The research utilized recycled steel fibers from elevator steel cables with volume percentages of 0%, 0.5%, 1% and 1.5% respectively in SCC, with a fly ash content in the SCC mix of 50% by volume of powder. The evaluated properties included workability, plastic shrinkage, drying shrinkage compressive strength, and tensile strength. The results indicate that using recycled steel fibers with a maximum content of 1% enables the production of SCC that meets European standards for workability. In addition, when comparing SCC with 0.5% and 1% recycled steel fiber content to control SCC samples (without steel fibers), the compressive strength of SCC increased by 5.04% and 7.56% respectively, the tensile strength increased by 2.99% and 5.97% respectively, plastic shrinkage decreased by 27.34% and 30.47% respectively, and 28-day drying shrinkage decreased by 3.2% and 4.6% respectively. Using recycled steel fibers combined with high-volume fly ash is a reasonable solution to save production costs and be environmentally friendly. Additionally, this solution not only improves the compressive and tensile strength but also limits plastic and drying shrinkage deformations of SCC. As a result, the durability of SCC is enhanced.


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Cuong, N. H. (2024). Influence of recycled steel fiber on the properties of self-compacting concrete with high fly ash content. Journal of Science and Technology in Civil Engineering (JSTCE) - HUCE, 18(1), 55-67.
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