Evaluating Fiber Reinforced Concrete for Use in Canal Construction and Canal Repairs

Project ID: 1795
Principal Investigator: Jeffery Keim
Research Topic: Repair and Maintenance
Funded Fiscal Years: 2017
Keywords: None

Research Question

Reclamation canals are typically constructed using unreinforced concrete. The canals are prone to cracking thus allowing seepage from the canal, reducing the amount of water delivered. The addition of fibers may reduce the potential for cracking within the unreinforced concrete therefore minimizing seepage from the canal.
Is fiber reinforced concrete a viable alternative for concrete canal construction and repair?
Can the addition of fibers reduce cracking and increase durability of unreinforced canal repairs and construction? Will service life be extended by adding fibers, reducing O&M costs?

Need and Benefit

Reclamation has hundreds of aging canals in it's inventory, effecting all regions. These concrete canals are in need of economical, durable repair or replacement. If successful, this research could provide an economical repair material alternate that could increase the service life of the canal and potentially reduce the O&M costs. Reclamation does not use fiber reinforced concrete regularly. The technology has been utilized successfully in the private sector for years and Reclamation should become more familiar with the availability and advantages of using fiber reinforced concrete.

Contributing Partners

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Research Products

Bureau of Reclamation Review

The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.

Evaluating Fiber Reinforced Concrete for Use in Canal Construction and Canal Repairs (final, PDF, 704KB)
By Jeffery (Scott) Keim
Research Product completed on September 30, 2017

This research product summarizes the research results and potential application to Reclamation's mission.

Evaluating Fiber Reinforced Concrete for Use in Canal Construction and Canal Repairs (final, PDF, 704KB)
By Jeffery (Scott) Keim
Research Product completed on September 30, 2017

This research product summarizes the research results and potential application to Reclamation's mission.


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Last Updated: 4/4/17