Notched Beam Test for SHCC-Concrete Interface

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The number of hybrid concrete structures is increasing due to the need for repairing/strengthening existing structures and the development of new hybrid concrete systems. The structural response of these hybrid structures might be governed by the strength of the interface between the two concretes, making it essential to characterize the mechanical response of the interface. In this research, a notch beam tests is proposed to investigate the structural behavior of the interface. Hybrid beams consisting of Strain Hardening Cementitious Composites (SHCC) and conventional concrete are designed with a notch at mid-span and are tested under a four-point bending configuration. The effect of interface treatment (i.e. surface roughness) and the curing condition is tested using two sets of hybrid beams. The first set has three beams which are cured in sealed conditions until the day of testing and the interface is varied between smooth, profiled and roughened. The second set has two beams with smooth interface where one beam is seal cured and the other one is exposed to drying in the laboratory. The opening of the interface is visualized using Digital Image Correlation (DIC) and quantified using Linear Variable Differential Transformers (LVTDs) during testing of the hybrid beams. It is observed that increasing the roughness of the interface leads to higher load-bearing capacity and controlled opening of the interface. The beam exposed to drying showed somewhat reduced capacity, possibly due to the pre-damage caused by differential shrinkage of the two concretes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding for the Future: Durable, Sustainable, Resilient.
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the fib Symposium 2023 - Volume 2
EditorsAlper Ilki, Derya Çavunt, Yavuz Selim Çavunt
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-32511-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-32510-6, 978-3-031-32513-7
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventInternational Symposium of the International Federation for Structural Concrete, fib Symposium 2023 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 5 Jun 20237 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
PublisherSpringer Cham
Volume350 LNCE
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


ConferenceInternational Symposium of the International Federation for Structural Concrete, fib Symposium 2023

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  • SHCC-Concrete Hybrid Beams
  • Interface
  • Notch-Beam Test
  • Composite structures

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