Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Civil and Environmental Engineering


Engineering, Civil.


Abdel-Sayed, G.




The aim of the work reported in this thesis was to evaluate the performance of carbon fiber reinforced mortar in respect of workability, strength, impact resistance, toughness, durability, and cost-effectiveness. Laboratory experiments were carried out to investigate the properties of both fresh and hardened mortars reinforced with short carbon fibers and to optimize the mix with sufficient workability, good strength, superior impact resistance, enhanced toughness, and excellent durability at reasonable cost. Experimental investigation was carried out at the Concrete Laboratory of the University of Windsor. Five different types of mortar were taken under study including the control mortar based on the results obtained from trial mixes. Four carbon fiber reinforced mortars were prepared with pitch-based short carbon fibers in the range of 1% to 4% volume content. The tests were conducted on fresh mortars to determine slump, inverted slump cone flow, unit weight and air content. Hardened mortars were tested for compressive, splitting tensile, first-crack and ultimate flexural strengths, first-crack toughness, first-crack and ultimate impact resistances, and water absorption. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2003 .S24. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 42-02, page: 0640. Advisers: G. Abdel-Sayed; N. Hearn. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2003.