Basalt fiber, Cement, Coarse aggregate, Fine aggregate and Water
The present experimental study investigates the inclusion of basalt fibres in conventional concrete to increase its compressive, flexural and tensile strength. So far the researchers have studied on different type of fibres available like steel, glass, polypropylene fibres, jute fibres so on. But the research on basalt fibres are seldom and there is needed to investigate the behaviour of basalt fibres in concrete. The present study is based on the addition of chopped basalt fibres of 6 mm at 0.5%, 1.0%, 1.5 % in normal water. The experimental investigation proves that the inclusion of basalt fibres shows the increase in max. till 1 % of all the strength properties like compressive strength, flexural strengths and tensile strengths etc. The inclusion of basalt fibres acts as the crack arresting agents in the concrete and from the literature it shows that basalt fibres in low cost composites for civil infrastructure provide good mechanical properties at lower cost. Inclusion of fibres is an effective technique to enhance the performance of concrete.