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Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering at Komar University of Science and Technology will host Dr Younis M. Ali from the University of Sulaimani to present a seminar on “Mechanical Properties of Cement Mortar by Using Polyethylene Terephthalate Fibers”.

During the last three decades, recycled plastic materials have been widely used to reinforce soils and concrete materials. These waste plastics have been used as fibres, aggregates and binders in concrete and mortar components. In Iraq, it has a wide range area of waste plastics especially those that daily used such as plastic bottles. In recent years researchers interested in re-use of waste plastics as construction materials that are remarkable with economic and environmental benefits. This research investigated the utilisation of recycled plastic bottles as fibre to reinforce cement mortar. We used fibres made from polyethene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles with different size and volume fractions. The main reason of this study was to investigate the effect of the utilisation of PET fibres on the mechanical properties of cement mortar. This influence of the PET on the cement mortar has been investigated by applying an experimental program compressive strength, splitting tensile strength, ultrasonic pulse velocity and Schmidt tests at 7, and 28 day ages and analysed in comparison to the control sample. The results show that the incorporation of the fibres improves the splitting tensile strength properties of the cement mortar.

The full paper can be obtained HERE

Short bio of the speaker

Dr Younis Alshkane, is a lecturer at the department of Civil Engineering-College of Engineering-University of Sulaimani in Iraq. He obtained his PhD degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 2015. Also, he has worked for Engineering Consultancy Bureau at the University of Sulaimani since 2001. He has over 15 years of experience in teaching and geotechnical engineering, covering a variety of projects including soil investigations, soil mechanics, foundation engineering and slope engineering. His research interests cover strength and deformability of rocks using numerical and experimental methods as well as reinforcement and stabilisation of soils.