We investigate engineering applications of recycled nylon fibers obtained from waste fishing nets, focusing our attention on the use of recycled nylon fibers as tensile reinforcement of cementitious mortars. We begin by characterizing the tensile behavior of both unconditioned and alkali-cured recycled nylon fibers obtained through manual cutting of waste fishing net filaments, with the aim of assessing the resistance of such materials to chemical attacks. Next, we deal with compression and bending tests on cementitious mortars reinforced with recycled nylon fibers, and establish comparisons with the experimental behavior of the unreinforced material. In our analysis of different weight fractions and aspect ratios of the reinforcing fibers, we observe marked increases in the tensile strength and toughness of the nylon reinforced mortar, as compared with the unreinforced material. The presented results emphasize the high environmental and mechanical potential of recycled nylon fibers for the reinforcement of sustainable construction materials.

Recycled nylon fibers as cement mortar reinforcement

FRATERNALI, Fernando
2015

Abstract

We investigate engineering applications of recycled nylon fibers obtained from waste fishing nets, focusing our attention on the use of recycled nylon fibers as tensile reinforcement of cementitious mortars. We begin by characterizing the tensile behavior of both unconditioned and alkali-cured recycled nylon fibers obtained through manual cutting of waste fishing net filaments, with the aim of assessing the resistance of such materials to chemical attacks. Next, we deal with compression and bending tests on cementitious mortars reinforced with recycled nylon fibers, and establish comparisons with the experimental behavior of the unreinforced material. In our analysis of different weight fractions and aspect ratios of the reinforcing fibers, we observe marked increases in the tensile strength and toughness of the nylon reinforced mortar, as compared with the unreinforced material. The presented results emphasize the high environmental and mechanical potential of recycled nylon fibers for the reinforcement of sustainable construction materials.
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