A novel experimental method to characterise the shear strength of concrete based on pre-stressed samples. A comparison with existing techniques
Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Grenoble INP, 3SR laboratory,
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Published online: 7 September 2018
Mode II shear fracture process can be observed in plain-concrete structures exposed to intensive loadings such as shock, blasting or projectile-impact. It is the reason why the quasi-static and dynamic shear fracturing properties of concrete need to be investigated. In previous works performed by Forquin and coauthors a passive confining cell was applied to PTS (Punch-Through-Shear) specimens in a similar way than in quasi-oedometric compression tests where metallic ring are used as passive confinement. However the change of confining level during the sample loading constitutes a main drawback of this technique. In the present work a novel testing method is proposed based on a pre-stressing of the sample. To do so, the concrete specimen is inserted into pre-stressed metallic cell. During the unloading stage confining stresses are transferred to the ligament of the sample. In a second stage, a differential displacement applied to the central part of the sample toward the side parts produces a shearing of the ligament. The experiments performed in static and dynamic conditions (SHPB testing) allow the shear response of concrete to be determined over a wide range of strain-rates. In the present communication, the testing technique and obtained results are compared to the obtained data with the previous experimental method.
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