Synergistic effect of steel fibres and coarse aggregates on impact properties of ultra-high performance fibre reinforced concrete

Peipeng Li, Yangyueye Cao, Maarten J.C. Sluijsmans, H.J.H. (Jos) Brouwers, Q.L. (Qingliang) Yu (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

This study investigates the synergistic effect of steel fibres and coarse aggregates on impact behaviour of ultra-high performance fibre reinforced concrete (UHPFRC). UHPFRC matrices with a low cement content and maximum aggregate sizes of 8 mm and 25 mm are designed by using a particle packing model. Three types of steel fibres (13 mm short straight, 30 mm medium hook-ended and 60 mm long 5D) are studied in terms of the utilization efficiencies. The results show that UHPFRC with coarser aggregates tends to have a lower cement consumption but slightly weaker mechanical strength, and the largest aggregate size is suggested to be no more than 25 mm considering the reduction on flexural toughness and impact resistance. The medium and long fibres contribute to an excellent deflection/strain hardening behaviour instead of short ones. A preferential synergistic effect on impact and flexural properties is observed between the medium fibres and the finer aggregates, while the longer fibres are more compatible to the coarser aggregates. The length of steel fibre is recommended between 2 and 5 times the maximum aggregate size. The flexural strength controls the impact resistance under low-energy impact loadings, and flexural toughness determines it under relatively high-energy (beyond energy threshold) impact loadings.

Keywords
Synergistic effectUltra-high performance fibre reinforced concreteImpact resistanceFlexural propertySteel fibreCoarse aggregate
Original languageEnglish
Article number103866
Number of pages10
JournalCement & Concrete Composites
Volume115
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Coarse aggregate
  • Flexural property
  • Impact resistance
  • Steel fibre
  • Synergistic effect
  • Ultra-high performance fibre reinforced concrete

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