Low-velocity flexural impact response of fiber-reinforced aerated concrete

V. Dey, A. Bonakdar, Barzin Mobasher

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Impact response of fiber-reinforced aerated concrete was investigated under a three-point bending configuration based on free-fall of an instrumented impact device. Two types of aerated concrete: plain autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) and polymeric fiber-reinforced aerated concrete (FRAC) were tested. Comparisons were made in terms of stiffness, flexural strength, deformation capacity and energy absorption capacity. The effect of impact energy on the mechanical properties was investigated for various drop heights and different specimen sizes. It was observed that dynamic flexural strength under impact was more than 1.5 times higher than the static flexural strength. Both materials showed similar flexural load carrying capacity under impact, however, use of 0.5% volume fraction of polypropylene fibers resulted in more than three times higher flexural toughness. The performed instrumented impact test was found to be a good method for quantifying the impact resistance of cement-based materials such as aerated concrete masonry products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-110
Number of pages11
JournalCement and Concrete Composites
StatePublished - May 2014


  • Aerated concrete
  • Fiber-reinforced concrete
  • Impact
  • Instrumentation
  • Stiffness
  • Toughness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)


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