Structural Concrete, Vol. 5, no. 2, June 2004
Impact resistance of composite plate
Y. Gholipour, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran
Structures are often subjected to various types of dynamic loads and the need to accurately predict the structural response and reserve capacity under such loading has led to an interest in the properties of composite materials. Fibre reinforcement improves the dynamic behaviour of reinforced concrete and ferro cement under impact loading. This paper reports an experimental investigation of the dynamic behaviour of composite slab panels under impact loads. Impact tests were carried out on various types of fibre-reinforced cement concrete slabs and fibre-reinforced ferro-cement slabs to study the influence of fibres on the energy absorption. The response of all the above specimens were examined and compared. Analytical solutions were obtained from a finite element analysis and the results are also compared.