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An Experimental Study on Translucent Concrete

Author(s):

R.Pradheepa , Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai Tamilnadu, India; Dr. S.Krishnamoorthi, Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai Tamilnadu, India

Keywords:

Light-Transmissive Properties, Optical Fiber, Translucent Concrete

Abstract

This paper deals with the usage of translucent concrete and also the advantages it brings in the field of smart construction, that it can reduce the power consumption of illumination and use the optical fiber can be made to sense the stress of structures and this concrete as an architectural purpose for good aesthetical view of the building. Translucent concrete is a concrete based material with light-transmissive properties, obtained by embedding optical fibers in it. Light is conducted through the fiber from one end to the other. This results into a certain light pattern on the other surface, depending on the fiber structure. Optical fibers transmit light so effectively that there is virtually no loss of light conducted through the fibres. This type of concrete can be installed at average cost of construction and increasing the visual appearance of the building. The work presented in this project reports an investigation on the behavior of concrete and mortar with optical fiber. Concrete and mortar cube are casted with fibers to study the properties and to compare the compressive strength between normal mix concrete with optical fiber and normal mortar with optical fiber after 7 days, 14 days and 28 days respectively. The compressive strength of concrete samples made with different fiber amount varies from 2% to 4% were studied. The compressive strength of translucent concrete is seen to increase with the increase in fiber content. The samples with fibers of 4% showed better results in comparison with the others.

Other Details

Paper ID: IJSRDV3I30031
Published in: Volume : 3, Issue : 3
Publication Date: 01/06/2015
Page(s): 174-177

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