Chapter 4. Waste Plastic Fiber Reinforced Foamed Gypsum


S. A. Yildizel1, PhD and Y. Dikiciasik1, PhD
1Department of Civil Engineering, Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University, Karaman, Turkey

Part of the book: Gypsum: Sources, Uses and Properties


This study deals with the effect of waste plastic fiber inclusion on the mechanical and some durability properties of foamed gypsum. Fibers were added to specimens with ratios of 0.25%, 0.50%, 0.75% and 1.00% by weight of foamed gypsum. The microscale properties of composite were also determined utilizing scanning electron microscopy. The result showed that incorporating waste plastic fibers decreased the workability of foamed gypsum. Furthermore, foamed gypsum samples up with 0.75% plastic fibers achieved the highest flexural and compressive strengths. The water absorption of the specimens also increased with increasing fibers.

Keywords: waste fiber, waste plastic fiber, gypsum, foamed gypsum


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