EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON LIGHT TRANSMITTING CONCRETE BY USING OPTICAL FIBRE

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S. Suganya ; S. Minu Gopika (2017)

Light transmitting concrete is one of the fibre reinforced concrete which is mainly used for aesthetic application by incorporating the optical fibres in concrete. Optical fibres help to transmit the light through the fibres and the end-light type of fibre is used to increase the aesthetic appearance of the concrete which is like a transparent concrete. Fibres are arranged in different layers, to increase the load carrying capacity and also the pattern can be created to make the concrete decorative and economic since it can be installed at a very low cost. This new kind of building material can integrate the concept of green energy saving with the usage self-sensing properties of functional materials..In this paper there are three cubes of size 10cm x 10cm x 10cm were made, using wooden moulds, and two of these cubes were of regular concrete and one was of transparent concrete. In transparent concrete the optical fibers were distributed in horizontal direction. They constituted 1% volume of the concrete cube. For transparent concrete cube, each cube separated by perforated plates through which the optical fibers were passed. The compressive strength of these cubes was found out by means of Compression Testing Machine.
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