Journal article Open Access
Mohamed O. M. Mashri; Megat Azmi Megat Johari; M. J. A. Mijarsh; Zainal Arifin Ahmad; Otman M. M. Elbasir
This research was carried out to study the behaviour of concrete, specifically flexural strength, by incorporating two types of pine needle leaves (green, and brown) recycled as fibre reinforcement in the concrete. The other goal of the study is to compare the two types of fibre and determine the maximum proportion of fibre to be added in the normal concrete. OPC concrete with 0%, 1% and 2% pine needle leaves fibre (green, and brown) was prepared based on the total weight of the mixture. At an ambient temperature of 28 ± 2°C, the specimens were checked for flexural strength (FS). Laboratory test results based on short term investigation reveals that the flexural strength of concrete containing brown pine fibre (BPF) is higher than that of Green pine fibre (GPF), and also higher than normal (OPC) concrete. The optimum proportion of pine needle leaf fibre is the brown fibre (fallen leaves) to be added in the concrete as fibre is 1% by the total weight of the mixture, which gave a positive reaction from the test that was performed.