College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Andrew Kline, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Concrete reinforcing fibers are a fairly new technology being used in the construction industry to replace reinforcing bar in various applications. In partnership with Largo Concrete, Master Builders Solutions, and Cal Portland, this action research-based project aimed to test how the MasterFiber 360FF synthetic reinforcing fibers impact plastic shrinkage cracking with various types of aggregate using the ASTM C1579-06 test. The end goal of this project is to provide a baseline for future construction management students to test plastic shrinkage using the C1579-06 apparatus that was built to produce further knowledge on the feasibility of concrete reinforcing fibers. The review of literature focuses on the different types of reinforcing fibers and plastic shrinkage in relation to surface cracking. Experiments were conducted which consisted of mixing and pouring concrete according to the C1579-06 ASTM standard with and without reinforcing fibers and comparing the size of surface cracks. The findings of this process, which will continue to be expanded upon by future students, show that reinforcing fibers have potential to replace steel reinforcing bar and can reduce surface cracking, however in order to produce reliable data, many more tests will need to be conducted.

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