Early Age Autogenous Shrinkage of Fibre Reinforced Concrete

Farid Ullah 1 , Fahim Al-Neshawy 2  and Jouni Punkki 3
  • 1 Insinööritoimisto Mäkeläinen Ltd (Engineering Office Mäkeläinen Ltd), , Vantaa, Finland
  • 2 Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, FIN-00076, Espoo, Finland
  • 3 Concrete Technology Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, FIN-00076, Espoo, Finland


Concrete is often sensitive to cracking during the hardening process, and these cracks could be the result of early-age shrinkage. One method to reduce shrinkage is to add different types of fibres to concrete. The aim of this study was to study the effects of different types of fibres on the early-age autogenous shrinkage of concrete. Three different types of fibre materials were used in the research. A “Schleibinger Bending-drain” test setup was used to record early-age autogenous shrinkage of fresh concrete immediately after mixing. The results show that, a fibre dosage of 0.38% by volume was found to be effective in reducing the effects of early-age autogenous shrinkage of concrete.

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