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|Title:||A meso-mechanical model to simulate the tensile behaviour of ultra-high performance fibre-reinforced cementitious composites|
|Abstract:||A simple model is proposed to predict the uniaxial tensile behaviour of ultra-high performance fibre-reinforced cementitious composites (UHPFRC) based on a meso-level description of the involved mechanics. The model relies on quantifiable material properties of the both matrix and fibres, on basic information concerning the fibre structure (such as fibre volumetric fraction, fibre orientation and geometry) and on three model parameters. Pullout tests on short fibres embedded in ultra-high performance cementitious matrix with different orientation angles and embedded lengths were developed for estimating the representative value of the average fibre-to-matrix bond-strength to be adopted, as well as for defining the fibre efficiency function describing the effects of fibre orientation on the pullout force. The model performance is validated against a series of uniaxial tensile tests on UHPFRC specimens covering a wide range of tensile behaviours. It is shown that the tensile response of UHPFRC can be well reproduced both in the hardening and softening stages with a single set of model parameters, and for a significant range of fibre contents and orientation profiles.|
|Document Type:||Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional|
|Appears in Collections:||FEUP - Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional|
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