HELIYON//(VOL. 6, ISSUE 4)
Volumen: 6, Numero: 4, Páginas: p.
The study of the fiber-matrix interface represents a crucial topic to determine the mechanical performance of geopolymer-based materials reinforced with polypropylene fibers (PPF). This research proposes the use of natural zeolite in the preparation geopolymers mortars through alkaline activation with NaOH, Ca(OH)2 and Na2SiO3, and with river sand as a fine aggregate. PPF were incorporated into the geopolymer-based mortar matrix in different proportions like 0, 0.5, and 1 wt. percent. The mortars were cured for 24 h at 60 C and then aged for six days more at room temperature. All samples analyzed through compressive strength were also characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, Infrared Spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy techniques. The results indicated that the best mix design among the ones used: NaOH (10 M), Na2SiO3/NaOH 1?4 3, Ca(OH)2 1?4 1.5 wt.percent and PPF 1?4 0.5 wt. percent. The optimum mix design showed a compressive strength of 4.63 MPa on average. Besides, the fibers enhanced the compressive strength of those samples which the PP fibers probably have better dispersion inside the matrix of the geopolymer mortar.