Civil Engineering and Architecture Vol. 9(7), pp. 2237 - 2248
DOI: 10.13189/cea.2021.090711
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Optimum Thickness of UHPFRC Overlay for Restoration of Normal Concrete Elements

Aysha Haroon 1,2, B. H. Abu Bakar 1,*
1 School of Civil Engineering, University Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
2 Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Nizwa, Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman


Ultra high performance fiber reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) is a promising new concrete, especially in repair and restoration. It has been identified to exhibit good bonding and strengthening properties with the old concrete as an overlay repair material. But its usage has not been much pronounced due to its high-cost factor which overshadows its efficacy, because certain constituents of UHPFRC are not readily and easily available. Hence, optimal usage of this concrete for repair and rehabilitation can greatly be beneficial to the construction industry. Therefore, this study is involved in identifying the optimum thickness of UHPFRC as a repair overlay material for normal concrete elements, so that the self-weight of the material can be reduced to its minimum, and indirectly the impact of its price can be greatly reduced. With this intention, normal concrete elements were repaired with different thicknesses of UHPFRC overlay starting from 15 mm to 50 mm. The repaired composite composed of normal concrete substrate and varying thickness of UHPFRC overlay were subjected to different property evaluations to identify the optimum thickness of UHPFRC overlay in compression, tension, and shear. The ideal thickness of the UHPFRC repair overlay was concluded based on its ability to restore the original strength of the old normal concrete. It was upshot that an overlay thickness of 20 mm is more than sufficient to repair and restore the normal concrete.

Restoration, UHPFRC, Overlay, Repair, Optimum Thickness

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[1] Aysha Haroon , B. H. Abu Bakar , "Optimum Thickness of UHPFRC Overlay for Restoration of Normal Concrete Elements," Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol. 9, No. 7, pp. 2237 - 2248, 2021. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2021.090711.

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Aysha Haroon , B. H. Abu Bakar (2021). Optimum Thickness of UHPFRC Overlay for Restoration of Normal Concrete Elements. Civil Engineering and Architecture, 9(7), 2237 - 2248. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2021.090711.