Conductivity of carbon fiber reinforced cement-based composites

The conductive behavior of carbon fiber cement-based composites is presented. The influence of carbon fiber volume, size, cement-based matrix, relative humidity and curing age on the characteristic of system were studied. The relationship between conductivity and volume fraction of carbon fiber indicated that the statistical percolation theory is suitable and applicable for the change rule of conductivity of system with the volume of carbon fiber. Based on the classic percolation theory, the percolation threshold of carbon fiber cement-based composites was determined as φ=φc2 and the conductive mechanism changes from electron tunneling conduction to ohmic contacting conduction. The studies have offered basic theory for smart cement-based composites.