Dynamic behaviour of an earthen material under different impact loading conditions
Department of Civil Engineering, Environment Engineering and Architecture - University of Cagliari,
2 Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Materials Engineering - University of Cagliari, Italy
3 DynaMat Laboratory, University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland
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Published online: 7 September 2018
The dynamic behaviour of earthen materials reinforced with natural fibres is little studied although earth buildings are often built in seismic areas. In this paper the dynamic behaviour of an earthen material reinforced with hemp fibres under different impact loadings has been experimentally investigated. The dynamic response of the material in 3-point bending was investigated through an instrumented dropweight device, while the response in tension and in compression was investigated through a modified Hopkinson bar device. Typical impact response curves for tension, compression and bending impact tests have been obtained. The favourable effect of fibres in dissipating fracture energy under impact loads has been observed in all these types of test.
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