Thanks to better processing technology, quality recycled steel fiber (RSF) is routinely extracted from scrap tires, offering opportunities to reinforce cementitious materials in a more economical and sustainable manner. In this study, a detailed experimental program on cement mortar reinforced by up to 2 vol. % RSF was carried out. The work involved conventional tests to characterize cement mortar mechanical properties including compressive strength, elastic modulus, and splitting tensile strength. It also featured an innovative semi-circular bending (SCB) fracture test to characterize fracture-related properties, and a customized ring test to study the cracking resistance under restrained drying shrinkage of the studied mortars. The combined use of the fracture and ring tests is believed to lead to a better assessment of concrete structure behaviors in the field. Based on the test results, the addition of up to 2% RSF shows noticeable improvement on the splitting tensile strength, but it has marginal effects on the cement mortar compressive strength and elastic modulus. The improved fracture properties of the cement mortar reinforced by 2% RSF from the SCB fracture test demonstrate that the RSF-reinforced mortar not only has a better resistance to the initiation of major cracks but also exhibits an enhanced post-cracking performance. Based on the ring test results, the longer cracking time and higher residual strain level of the 2% RSF mortar samples clearly reveal that the RSF could effectively delay and bridge cracks.

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