Auxetic Behavior of Cementitious Cellular Composites Under Uniaxial Compression and Cyclic Loading

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Mechanical behavior of cementitious cellular composites (CCC) with auxetic behavior was investigated under uniaxial compression and cyclic loading. Three cellular structures with different geometrical parameters are designed and prepared by 3D printing technique. Meanwhile, plain mortar and fiber reinforced mortar are used as constituent material, respectively. Ductility of the constituent materials is evaluated by four-point bending tests. Uniaxial compression and cyclic loading tests are performed on the CCCs. Experiments show that with proper structure and constituent material, CCCs can exhibit auxetic behavior. For the tested CCCs (P25 and P50), negative Poisson’s ratio is obtained: as a result, strain hardening behavior can be identified in the stress-strain curve under uniaxial compression. In addition, large reversible deformation under cyclic loading is obtained on P25 under cyclic loading. Hysteretic behavior in the stress-strain curve can be identified in a single cycle, which means that CCCs dissipates energy in each cycle. After 3000 cycles, the maximum load and energy dissipation of each cycle increased owing to the slip hardening behavior of the PVA fibers in the constituent material. Owing to the excellent energy dissipation property, these auxetic CCCs may be used for vibration resistance structures in the engineering practice in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDC 2020: Second RILEM International Conference on Concrete and Digital Fabrication
EditorsF. Bos, S. Lucas, R. Wolfs, T. Salet
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Open
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-49916-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-49915-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameRILEM Bookseries
ISSN (Print)2211-0844
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0852


  • 3D printing
  • Cementitious material
  • Cyclic loading
  • Negative Poisson’s ratio

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