Dynamic behaviour of HPFRCC: The influence of fibres dispersion
1 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, 20133 Milano, Italy
2 Present Address: European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC), European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA), 21027 Ispra, Italy
3 DynaMat Laboratory, University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, 6952 Canobbio, Switzerland
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Published online: 7 September 2015
The promise of fibre-reinforced cementitious composites for dynamic loading application stems from their observed good response under static loading mainly due to fibre contribution. An experimental research aimed at contributing to the understanding of the behaviour of advanced fibre-reinforced cementitious composites subjected to low and high strain rates was carried out underlining the influence of fibres. The material behaviour was investigated at three strain rates (0.1, 1, and 150 s−1) and the tests results were compared with their static behaviour. Tests at intermediate strain rates (0.1–1 s−1) were carried out by means of a hydro-pneumatic machine (HPM), while high strain rates (150 s−1) were investigated by exploiting a modified Hopkinson bar (MHB). Particular attention has been placed on the influence of fibre and fibre dispersion on the dynamic behaviour of the materials: matrix, HPFRCC with random fibre distribution and aligned fibres were compared. The comparison between static and dynamic tests highlighted several relevant aspects regarding the influence of fibres on the peak strength and post-peak behaviour at high strain rates.
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