June 7-10, 2009
Synthetic fiber reinforced concrete has been used in shotcrete for many years. This paper discusses select project case histories from around the world. The discussion focuses on why fibers are used and explains how there are many benefits, advantages, and features regarding the choice of fibers. Also discussed is why and how the fibers affect the overall project performance, schedule, costs, and construct-ability. Further discussion shows that the fiber choice is in the details. The best fiber choice must meet certain project criteria established by all the decision makers involved in the project. Lastly, the versatility in the use of a specific blend of synthetic fibers in shotcrete shows the potential for even more diverse applications of synthetic fiber reinforcement.
Clifford N. MacDonald FACI, Michael L. Ballou, and Daniel T. Biddle, "CASE HISTORIES USING SYNTHETIC FIBER REINFORCED CONCRETE" in "Shotcrete for Underground Support XI", Felix Amberg, M.o.S. ETHZ, SIA, Switzerland; Knut F Garshol, BASF Construction Chemicals, LLF, USA Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2009). http://dc.engconfintl.org/shotcrete/5