Project 2.07: High Performance Concrete with Post-Tensioning Shrinking Fibers

High Performance Concrete with Post-Tensioning Shrinking Fibers

Project 2.7

Project Summary

This research improves upon the technique of reinforcing concrete with dispersed fibers by having the fibers axially shrink after curing to produce a dispersed multi-axial post-tensioned state. Such reinforcing may increase the crack resistance and durability of the concrete. Preliminary benchtop testing with natural chitosan polymer fibers have confirmed the viability of the technique, where certain configurations show significant strengthening with the shrinking fibers. This research proposes to expand the knowledge base by examining larger scale chitosan samples, exploring steel and nitinol shape memory fibers that produce a similar effect, studying the underlying mechanical principles and exploring applicability to transportation structures.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Dryver Huston


University of Vermont

Project Status


Project Cost


Start Date


Project Type


End Date


Agency ID



Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, University Transportation Centers Program, Department of Transportation
University of Vermont

Implementation of Research Outcomes:

This project is in its initial research phase. Implementation of research outcomes will be reported upon completion of the research outputs.

Impacts and Benefits of Implementation:

This project is in its research phase. Impacts and benefits of the research will be reported after the implementation phase.

Printable Project Information Sheet

March 2019 Semi-Annual Progress Report

September 2019 Semi-Annual Progress Report

January 2020 Quarterly Progress Report

March 2020 Quarterly Progress Report

June 2020 Quarterly Progress Report

September 2020 Quarterly Progress Report

December 2020 Quarterly Progress Report

March 2021 Quarterly Progress Report

June 2021 Quarterly Progress Report

October 2021 Quarterly Progress Report

December 2021 Quarterly Progress Report

April 2022 Quarterly Progress Report

June 2022 Quarterly Progress Report

September 2022 Quarterly Progress Report