Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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High-Performance Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Composites


Principal Investigators: Prof. Sherif El-Tawil, Prof. Gustavo Parra (University of Michigan-Ann Harbor), Prof. J. LaFave

Research Assistants: Kittinun Sirijaroonchai (UMich), Raymond Foltz, Adrianne Wheeler

High performance fiber reinforced cementitious composites (HPFRCC) are highly damage tolerant materials that show promise for application in civil engineering structures. These materials exhibit a multiple cracking and strain-hardening behavior in tension, which makes them more similar to ductile metals than to traditional brittle cement-based materials such as concrete. In compression, this material also exhibits enhanced performance, behaving similar to confined concrete, and it is able to provide confinement to conventional reinforcing steel.


As part of an ongoing collaborative research project between the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan, laboratory experiments will be conducted to assist in fully characterizing the material and structural behavior of test specimens produced with various HPFRCC materials. Testing for this project began in the summer of 2005.

If you are interested in this project or if you have any questions, please contact Raymond Foltz at or Kittinun Sirijaroonchai at

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