Effects of fibre moisture content on the mechanical properties of jute reinforced compressed earth composites

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This paper presents an experimental investigation into the influence of fibre moisture content on the mechanical properties of Jute Fibre Reinforced Compressed Earth Composites (JRCECs). The addition of 0.5% by weight of jute fibre at natural moisture content increased the tensile and compressive strength by approximately 3 and 2 times respectively, when compared to unreinforced samples. The results indicate that soaking and drying jute fibre causes a reduction in the mechanical properties of the fibre and the JRCEC. It was found that jute fibres at natural moisture content should be incorporated in JRCECs to achieve optimum compressive and tensile strength.
Original languageEnglish
Article number130848
Number of pages10
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Early online date5 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2023


  • Jute fibre
  • Jute fibre reinforced compressed earth composites
  • Unreinforced sample
  • Fibre moisture content
  • Mechanical properties
  • Optimum compressive and tensile splitting strength

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