Glass Fiber Reinforced Compressed Stabilized Earth Block – A green Alternative to Cement Concrete Blocks
Bright Brabin Winsley J1, Muthukannan M2
1Bright Brabin Winsley J, Department of Civil Engineering, Mar Ephraem College of Engineering and Technology, Elavuvillai (Tamil Nadu), India.
2Muthukannan M, Department of Civil Engineering, Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, Virudhunagar (Tamil Nadu), India.
Manuscript received on 23 November 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 17 December 2019 | Manuscript Published on 30 December 2019 | PP: 196-199 | Volume-9 Issue-1S4 December 2019 | Retrieval Number: A10091291S419/19©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.A1009.1291S419
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Abstract: Construction activity utilizes lot of resources and energy to manufacture and install building components. Most of the construction materials are cement based or poly ethylene products, which needs lot of embodied energy to produce and create problems related to environment. Reusing these products after its service life is also very difficult. Manufacturing of cement liberates almost equal amount of carbon di oxide by weight, all contribute towards global warming and depletion of natural resources. Use of mud and naturally available materials in buildings is evident in olden buildings found to be a sustainable alternative solution. Most of the historic buildings and monuments existing today were made with earth adobe and lime. The use of modern technology made the earth compressed at higher pressure to form as hard material, use of stabilizers like cement and lime made them stronger, durable and less water absorbent. Adding glass fibers in the mixture will improve the strength and crack resistance of the block. The objective of this study is to add glass fibers in the mixture to increase the strength and crack resistance of CSEB.
Keywords: Compressive Strength, Water Absorption, Flexural Strength, Compressed Earth Block, Sustainability.
Scope of the Article: Concrete Structures