Corrosion-induced deterioration and fracture mechanisms in ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concretet

Zhaoping Song, Shaohua Li (Corresponding author), Lulu Cheng, Qingliang Yu (Corresponding author)

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Ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) is an excellent material for harsh environments, but corrosion will change its internal microstructure and complicate the fracture evolution, bringing great difficulties in evaluating the long-term service life. Limited attention has been paid to the fracture mechanism of the UHPFRC upon corrosion. In the present study, integrating acoustic emission (AE) and digital image correlation (DIC) techniques are used to assess the micro/macrocracking characteristics of the specimens upon various corrosion degrees. Results show that the 56-day corroded UHPFRC with 2 vol% presents a remarkable decrease rate of 32%, 29% and 30% in the flexural stiffness, flexural strength and compressive strength. During the loading process, compaction of the original defects induced by fiber corrosion is concentrated in the elastic stage, the newborn cracks triggered by loading mainly occur in the strain-hardening stage, and the expansion of cracks mainly lies in the strain-softening stage. Corroded UHPFRC specimens with higher corrosion damage have a greater maximum strain value at the crack. In addition, the failure mode changes from shear crack failure to a brittle failure of tensile crack as corrosion damage increases. The macroscopic destruction of the corroded UHPFRC is a manifestation of internal microdamage evolution in fiber corrosion and matrix deterioration.

Originele taal-2Engels
Aantal pagina's16
TijdschriftConstruction and Building Materials
StatusGepubliceerd - 12 apr. 2024

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