Utilization of Coconut Fibers and Aluminum Cans as an Admixture for Concrete
Keywords:Civil engineering, Aluminum cans, Coconut Fibers, Reinforced Concrete
Standard concrete produces cracks, but the help of natural fibers such as coconut fibers and aluminum cans has been shown to enhance concrete's flexural and tensile strength. By incorporating these materials into reinforced concrete, the researchers aim to develop a more sustainable and economically viable alternative to traditional reinforcement methods. Multiple methods were used. Using experimentation and testing, we conducted a water absorption and compressive strength test on the sample specimens to gather, investigate, determine, analyze, and interpret first-hand data to attain and show the effectiveness of using coconut fibers and aluminum cans as admixtures in reinforced concrete. The researchers conducted different tests to determine the effectiveness of adding 0.5% and 1% of Coconut Fibers and Aluminum Cans as an admixture in Concrete. The Concrete with 1% of the admixtures was tested, and it revealed that adding 1% decreases its compressive strength. The concrete with 2% of the admixture surpassed the passing value of the Standard Compressive Strength of Concrete. The results also showed that the different ratios and the amount of Coconut Fibers and Aluminum Cans gradually affect the Compressive Strength and Water absorption test of the Concrete. The researchers concluded that the reinforced concrete gradually increased its effectiveness with the correct amount of Coconut fibers and Aluminum cans, which is the 2% of admixture. The results also demonstrate the capacity of the reinforced concrete to provide us with durable and eco-friendly reinforced concrete.