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International Journal of Natural Sciences Research

April 2016, Volume 4, 4, pp 75-82

Efficiency of Plastic Fibres Waste on the Physico-Mechanical Properties of Mortars in Hot-Dry Conditions

Khadra Bendjillali


Mohamed Chemrouk

Khadra Bendjillali 1

Mohamed Chemrouk 2

  1. Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Technology, University Amar Telidji, Laghouat, Algeria 1

  2. Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene, Algiers, Algeria 2

Pages: 75-82

DOI: 10.18488/journal.63/2016.4.4/

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Article History:

Received: 27 September, 2016
Revised: 27 October, 2016
Accepted: 02 November, 2016
Published: 08 November, 2016


This experimental study was aimed at evaluating the effect of plastic fibres waste on the physical and mechanical performances of mortars prepared and conserved under hot-dry conditions. The used fibres are recycled polypropylene fibres coming from industrial waste. Two dosages of fibres are used 0.5 and 1 % by weight. The results showed that the exposition of mortars to hot-dry conditions reduces their long-term mechanical strength and increases their shrinkage. Under hot-dry conditions, the reinforcement of mortars by plastic fibres waste has a positive effect on their flexural and compressive strength. The shrinkage of mortars conserved under these conditions is reduced by the addition of plastic fibres waste.
Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes to enrich the fibres mortars researches. For technico-economical and environmental interests, we used local materials coming from natural and industrial waste, such as the sand and fibres. It is one of very few studies which have investigated the effect of hot-dry conditions on the properties of mortars.


Mortars, Plastic fibres waste, Hot-dry conditions, Mechanical strength, Shrinkage.



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This study received no specific financial support.

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


All authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study.

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