Evaluation of mechanical performance and in-situ health monitoring using destructive and non-destructive testing of cellulosic fiber reinforced cement composites

Today, construction activities have resulted in the depletion of vast amounts of non-renewable resources that cause climate change which is one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our day. The construction industry is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Sustainable construction is now mainstream, necessitating the investigation of environmentally friendly construction materials like cellulosic fibers. One of the potential applications of cellulose fibers is in development of cement-based composites. Aside from their tremendous environmental appeal these Composites minimize the cost of building components while maintaining their mechanical and physical properties. In this project, the mechanisms of innovative cellulose compositions that are produced from lignocellulosic biomass at ambient conditions in cement paste, mortar, and concrete will be examined to accomplish the required objectives. The production of these fibers at ambient temperature makes them both novel and sustainable. Such fibers have never been used before in cementitious matrices. Several tests will be conducted on the proposed sustainable cellulosic fiber reinforced cement-based composites in order to determine the material's mechanical, shrinkage, sealing, and durability properties and the condition of the suggested composites will be evaluated using several NDT techniques.

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Sanaz Ajabshir
Faculty Supervisor: 
Rishi Gupta
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British Columbia
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