||Ferrocement has often been used to retrofit conventional reinforced concrete members to enhance their seismic performance. This paper develops a new type of steel mesh reinforced cementitious composites. The Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC) is employed to replace traditional mortar in conventional ferrocement to strengthen the composite’s performance on tension, compression, shear, and flexure. A series of experimental investigations, including the direct tensile test, four point bending test, shear test, and compression test, are conducted to explore the behavior of the newly developed composite. In particular, the impact of the steel mesh size on the new ferrocement’s behavior is assessed. The results show that the steel mesh reinforced ECC possessing an appealing crack control ability, exhibiting multiple tiny cracks on the specimen surface. It is also found that the steel mesh reinforced ECC is able to effectively improve the mechanical properties of the conventional ferrocement. Furthermore, RCPT is carried out to evaluate ECC’s durability. It is found that this new cement-based composite material has a moderate degree of resistance to chloride ion penetration.|
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