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Guoping Jiang, Xinhong Wu, "Mechanical Behavior of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete Investigated by One-Stage Light Gas Gun Experiment", Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 2013, Article ID 945309, 5 pages, 2013.

Mechanical Behavior of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete Investigated by One-Stage Light Gas Gun Experiment

Academic Editor: Peter Majewski
Received23 May 2013
Revised29 Jul 2013
Accepted01 Aug 2013
Published05 Sep 2013


This paper presents shock Hugoniot compression data for several concrete materials obtained from flat plate impact experiments. The manganin pressure gauge was used to measure the pressure-time curves of the samples. The physical quantities were all obtained by the Lagrange method. Moreover, it is observed from the measured pressure-time curves that the rate sensitivity of the dynamic response to the concrete is not negligible. Based on the polynomial Grüneisen equation, the parameters of the equation of state of concrete were obtained. The steel fiber reinforcement effect was analyzed.

1. Introduction

Steel fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC) is one of the main structural materials widely used in industry and civil buildings. Plain concrete is a brittle material which has a low strain capacity and tensile strength. The discontinuous steel fibers distributed randomly have the role of bridging across the cracks which might develop, and they provide some post cracking “ductility.” In particular, SFRC has been widely used in the construction of protective structures such as protective shelters, offshore structures, containments, and nuclear reactors. It may be subjected to loadings such as earthquake, blast loading. For reliable design and modelling of SFRC structures subjected to impact loadings, it is imperative and critical to understand the dynamic properties of SFRC.

The two most used setups to study the dynamic behavior of concrete are the Split-Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) and the one-stage light gas gun. The dynamic behavior of concrete-like materials at strain rates between 101 and 102 s−1 is often studied in the SHPB experiment, while at high strain rates between 103 and 105 s−1, the behavior is often studied in the one-stage light gas gun experiment [1, 2]. The high pressure equation of state is often investigated by the one-stage light gas gun experiment because the nonlinear pressure-density curve usually cannot be obtained with the range of the strain rate in SHPB experiments. With strain rates of /s and /s, compressive tests of concrete were firstly carried out by Abrams (1917) [3]. Since then, the study of the dynamic mechanical properties of concrete has been a focus of many researchers. The equation of state (EOS, Hugoniot) properties of concrete are determined with two independent and different shock compression experiments by Gebbeken et al. [1]. A number of experimental data from the SHPB experiments and the three-dimensional simulation of the specimen under transient loading are presented in the study of the dynamic performance of high strength concrete by Abdullah et al. [4]. The three-dimensional simulation of concrete under transient loading and the experiment are all studied by Grady [5], Rinehart and Welch [6], Buzaud et al. [7], Shi and Wang [8], and Shao-hua et al. [9]. The dynamic mechanical performance of SFRC is much more complicated than that of concrete. Currently, there are few studies on the mechanical performance of SFRC by plate impact experiments.

In this paper, the impact experiments of SFRC are processed by one-stage light gas gun with different strain rates. The pressure gauges are embedded in the target by which the voltage (mv)-time (μs) signals are recorded. Other parameters of the material such as strain, volume, and the speed of the shock wave, are obtained using propagation theory of the shock wave. The high pressure Equation of State is investigated and the effect of steel fiber reinforcement is analyzed.

2. Experimental Investigations

The experiments are carried out with the one-stage light gas gun which is the main experimental setup for testing concrete. A sketch of the experiment is presented in Figure 1. The diameter of the gun is 100 mm and the length is 15 m. The impact velocities are in the range of 100 m/s to 1000 m/s. The level of impact is no more than 10−3 rad. The experimental strain rates range from 103/s to 105/s. The flyer and the target are made out of the same material. The compositions of SFRC specimens are all listed in Table 1. The 425 type of Portland cement made in China is chosen. There are no aggregates used in the specimens. There are in total three gauges placed in the target to receive the impact signal. The flyer is at the front of the projectile assembly. The dimensions of the specimens are all mm with the aim to reduce the influence of rarefaction waves. The manganin pressure gauges record the voltage-time signals from which the pressure-time curves can be obtained through (1). The pressure-time curves are shown in Figure 2 with the same impact velocity but different fiber content (volume content of the steel fibers). They are Consider the typical curves of concrete subjected to impact loading.

Steel fiber (%)Cement (%)Flyash (%)Silica fume (%)Cement-sand ratioWater-cement ratioWater-binder ratioAdmixture (%)

V005535101 : 1.20.300.1655.0
V335535101 : 1.20.300.1655.5
V555535101 : 1.20.300.1655.5

As shown in Figure 2, with the same impact velocity, the load-carrying capacities of steel fiber reinforced concrete increase greatly with reinforcement ratio, as indicated by the enhancement in the peak pressure. The Lagrange positions of test concrete specimens are 0, 8 mm, and 16 mm, respectively.

3. Investigations Using the Lagrange Method

The Lagrange method [1013] is often used to investigate the dynamic performance of concrete with the gas gun experiment. The conservation equations in two dimensions are listed as follows: where is the density, is the particle velocity, is the particle velocity of shock front, is the relatively specific volume, is the relative specific volume of shock front, is the internal energy per unit volume, is the internal energy per unit volume of shock front, and , are the start time and end time, respectively. is the Lagrangian position, is the radial displacement, is the length of sensitive part, and is the relative radial displacement.

For the aim of preventing loss of the useful information in the integral along the isochrone lines, the path and trace lines are adopted in the Lagrange method investigations. The characteristic points such as the peak point of the plastic wave and the end point of elastic wave in the pressure-time curves are connected to establish the path lines.

Along the path lines and particle lines, the integral along isochrone lines changes as follows:

Substituting (3) into (2), we get

The concrete () is an example of the Lagrange method investigations here. The ,  , and   curves can all be obtained from (2), with the integral along the path and trace lines of curves. The strain rate can be obtained (Figure 3) from the Lagrange method.

The engineering strains are obtained (5). With (5) and the    curves, the relationships between strain and pressure are all obtained (Figure 4). Consider

4. The Grüneisen EOS Investigations

The high pressure equation of state for isotropic materials usually defines the pressure as a function of specific volume (or density, ) and specific internal energy . Experimental shock Hugoniot relationships are widely used as reference state data extrapolating to other high-temperature thermodynamic and high-pressure states. The Grüneisen EOS is widely used in the constitutive model of concrete such as in Johnson-Holmquist-Concrete, Mie-Grüneisen, and Johnson-Holmquist-Ceramics.

The relationship of - in Grüneisen EOS is defined as follows: where , , and are the material coefficients, . Consider where  , , are the material contents. , . With Figure 4 and (6) and (7), we can obtain

The same method can be used to study the different steel fiber content in concrete. Consider

There is also another method which can determine the EOS. Consider where   is the mass velocity and   is the projectile velocity.

The relationship of the shock wave velocity and particle is often linear (Figure 5). where and are the material parameters. Fitting a line through the discrete points, we can obtain the and   values. For C100, , . For C30, , . The shock wave pressure and the particle velocity have the following relationship:

So the - Hugoniot curve can be obtained (Figure 6). It is noted that - Hugoniot curve is not stress-strain relationship.

The mass conservation equation is

Substituting (11) and (12) into (13), we get

The  - curves can be calculated (Figure 7, C30 is the example). Considering (6), we get , , and for C30 concrete.

5. Conclusions

The dynamic characteristics of steel fiber reinforced concrete are very complicated. In this paper, the impact experiments of steel fiber reinforced concrete with different steel fiber ratios are processed by one-stage light gas gun. The pressure gauges are embedded in the target and the voltage-time signals are recorded. The stress-strain relationship curves are obtained by the Lagrangian method. The parameters of the equation of state are all obtained. The steel fiber reinforced effect can be seen from the Grüneisen EOS parameters. It is shown that when the steel fiber content is less than 3%, the effect of the EOS is unconspicuous. When the steel fiber content is more than 3%, the effect of the EOS is more conspicuous.


This work was supported by the project of China Hydropower Eight innings (20133), Housing and Urban-Rural Construction Bureau (2012-k4-17), and the Guangzhou Baiyun District Science and Technology Project (Grant no. 2012-KZ-58).


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