Structural properties of sepiolite-reinforced cement composite

Kavas T., Sabah E., Celik M.

CEMENT AND CONCRETE RESEARCH, vol.34, no.11, pp.2135-2139, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.cemconres.2004.03.015
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2135-2139
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


The structural properties and optimum blend ratios of sepiolite-rein forced cement composites are investigated. It is shown that the addition of 10% sepiolite (a natural clay mineral) fibers enhances the mechanical and physical properties of the mortar. In comparison to the ordinary Portland cement mix, improvements of 3.5%, 6.2% and 7.7% in compressive strength and 12.7%, 5.7% and 6.3% in bending strength values were respectively obtained for 2, 7 and 28 days. Based on the scanning electron microscope pictures, this enhancement is attributed to the modification of the rheology of the mortar through sepiolite fibers inducing a network structure within the cement matrix. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.