Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Committee Member

Samaan G. Ladkany

Number of Pages



This dissertation presents results from experimental studies related to polymer modified concrete, steel fiber reinforced concrete, and steel fiber/polymer modified concrete. As a first stage of this research, the properties of different concrete mixes were characterized. These mixes were: plain concrete, steel fiber concrete with fiber volume fraction of 1%, polymer modified concrete with 1% to 7.5% solids of polymer, and steel fiber/polymer modified concrete with 1% to 7.5% polymer solids and I% steel fiber fraction. Concrete cylinders and 4 x 4 inches beams were tested under compressive, tensile, flexural, and bar pull-out loadings; In the second phase of this research, slender beams with a depth to width ratio of three were tested under four point loading for shear and flexure. Half I-beams, with gross aspect ratio of four and web aspect ratio of three were tested under the combined loading of bending, shear, and torsion. Lateral eccentric loads were applied transversely in the shallow direction to the 3 x 9 inches beams and the half I-beams. Dog bone shaped reinforced and un-reinforced specimens with 3 x 3 inches square sections were tested under pure torsional loaDing The addition of 1% steel fibers alone or with 5% solids of polymers to concrete mixes improved their toughness and ductility. The contribution of steel fibers to bending, shear, and torsion in slender and half I-beams is presented. The ACI code methods for calculating the torsional, shear, and flexural resistance of beams are compared to the experimental results. Post crack analysis performed on the slender beams and half I-beams indicated that the tested specimens could carry 70% of the maximum applied loads after initial concrete cracking and failure. The reduction in the tensile stresses of stirrups and longitudinal reinforcing bars, due to the steel fibers and polymer, are presented. Fibers and polymers increase bending and toughness in concrete.


Application; Beams; Bending; Characterization; Concrete; Concrete; Fiber I-beams; I-beams; Mixes; Polymer; Rectangular; Slender; Steel; Steel Fiber

Controlled Subject

Civil engineering; Mechanics; Materials science

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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