Air-blast-loaded, high-strength concrete beams. Part I: Experimental investigation
2010 (English)In: Magazine of Concrete Research, ISSN 0024-9831, Vol. 62, no 2, 127-136 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The structural behaviour of concrete beams subjected to air blast loading was investigated. Beams of both high-strength concrete (HSC) and normal-strength concrete (NSC) were subjected to air blasts from explosives in a shock tube and for reference were also loaded statically. Concrete with nominal compressive strengths of 40, 100, 140, 150 and 200 MPa were used and a few beams also contained steel fibres. Furthermore, beams with two concrete layers of different strength were tested. All beams subjected to static loading failed in flexure. For some beam types, the failure mode in the dynamic tests differed from the failure mode in the corresponding static tests. In these cases, the failure mode changed from a ductile flexural failure in the static tests to a brittle shear failure in the dynamic tests. Beams without fibres and with high ratio of reinforcement exhibited shear failures in the dynamic tests. It was observed that the inclusion of steel fibres increased the shear strength and the ductility of the beams. The investigation indicates that beams subjected to air blast loading obtain an increased load capacity when compared with the corresponding beams subjected to static loading.
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2010. Vol. 62, no 2, 127-136 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-19182DOI: 10.1680/macr.2008.62.2.127ISI: 000274304500005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77952896567OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-19182DiVA: diva2:337229
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