Dynamic behaviour of HPFRCC in tension
1 DynaMat Lab., University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, 6952 Canobbio, Switzerland
2 Structural Engineering Dept., Politecnico di Milano, 20133 Milan, Italy
High Performance Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Composites belong to a new class of structural materials characterized by high strength and ductility. Thanks to the high energy absorbed during the fracture process, due to multiple cracking and pull-out phenomena, they are often suggested for dynamic loading applications. Current understanding of the dynamic response is very limited because of very few investigations have been actually carried out. An experimental research aimed at contributing to the understanding of the behaviour of advanced fiber-reinforced cementitious composites subjected to low and high strain rates was carried out. The material investigated is a High Performance Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Composites. Straight high carbon steel micro-fibers were used. The material behaviour was investigated at several strain rates and the tests results were compared with their static behaviour. Tests at intermediate strain rates were carried out by means of a hydro-pneumatic machine (HPM), while high strain rates were investigated by exploiting a Split Hopkinson Tensile Bar (SHTB). A comparison between static and dynamic tests highlighted several relevant aspects regarding the influence of fibers on the peak strength and post-peak behaviour at high strain rates. Finally, this material will be employed in the construction of an innovative tunnel segment designed for extreme conditions (high temperature and shock).
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