Effectiveness of Calcium Carbonate Whisker in Cementitious Composites
Cementitious composites are porous material having complex structure system consist of hydration products, un-hydrated cement particles and pore solutions of various scales. Calcium carbonate whisker is a new type of low cost micro-scale filler fiber gaining popularity in the field of construction materials. However, addition of whisker has effect on physical, mechanical and microstructural characteristics of cementitious composites. Also, the low production cost of whisker will make the use of micro fiber more extensive in large scale construction projects. In this study, the effect of calcium carbonate whisker on physical, mechanical and microstructural properties of cementitious composites with different fiber contents are investigated. The fluidity, drying shrinkage, pore structure, impact resistance, compressive, flexural and splitting-tensile strength of whisker-mortar are considered. The scanning electron microscopy analysis is also performed to examine the microstructural and toughening mechanism of whisker reinforced composites. It was concluded that the addition of calcium carbonate whisker up to 10 % improves the physical and mechanical properties of cementitious composites and is suggested to be the optimize content. The calcium carbonate whisker also resists the crack propagation at micro scale and showed the toughening mechanism with better interfacial properties between whisker and matrix.