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ISRN Civil Engineering
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 718549, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/718549
Research Article

Properties of High-Strength Flowable Mortar Reinforced with Palm Fibers

1Construction and Building Department, Technical College of Mosul, Mosul, Iraq
2School of Housing, Building & Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

Received 13 September 2011; Accepted 18 October 2011

Academic Editors: M. Maslehuddin and I. G. Raftoyiannis

Copyright © 2012 Eethar Thanon Dawood and Mahyuddin Ramli. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study was conducted to determine some physical and mechanical properties of high-strength flowable mortar reinforced with different percentages of palm fiber (0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0, 1.2, 1.4, and 1.6% as volumetric fractions). The density, compressive strength, flexural strength, and toughness index were tested to determine the mechanical properties of this mortar. Test results illustrate that the inclusion of this fiber reduces the density of mortar. The use of 0.6% of palm fiber increases the compressive strength and flexural strength by about 15.1%, and 16%, respectively; besides, the toughness index (I5) of the high-strength flowable mortar has been significantly enhanced by the use of 1% and more of palm fiber.