Evaluation of Crack Propagation and Post-cracking Hinge-type Behavior in the Flexural Response of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Gali, Sahith and K V L, Subramaniam (2017) Evaluation of Crack Propagation and Post-cracking Hinge-type Behavior in the Flexural Response of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete. International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials, 11 (2). pp. 365-375. ISSN 1976-0485

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An experimental evaluation of crack propagation and post-cracking behavior in steel fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC) beams, using full-field displacements obtained from the digital image correlation technique is presented. Surface displacements and strains during the fracture test of notched SFRC beams with volume fractions (Vf) of steel fibers equal to 0.5 and 0.75% are analyzed. An analysis procedure for determining the crack opening width over the depth of the beam during crack propagation in the flexure test is presented. The crack opening width is established as a function of the crack tip opening displacement and the residual flexural strength of SFRC beams. The softening in the post-peak load response is associated with the rapid surface crack propagation for small increases in crack tip opening displacement. The load recovery in the flexural response of SFRC is associated with a hinge-type behavior in the beam. For the stress gradient produced by flexure, the hinge is established before load recovery is initiated. The resistance provided by the fibers to the opening of the hinge produces the load recovery in the flexural response.

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K V L, Subramaniamhttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-5995-0911
Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The authors would like to acknowledge support of the Center of Excellence in Sustainable Development at I.I.T. Hyderabad, funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, India.
Uncontrolled Keywords: crack opening, digital image correlation, fracture, post cracking response, softening, steel fibers, toughness
Subjects: Civil Engineering
Divisions: Department of Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2017 09:54
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 09:54
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/3364
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40069-017-0197-4
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1976-0485/
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