Effect of fiber content and fiber length on the dynamic compressive properties of strain-hardening ultra-high performance concrete

Dong Zhang, Huan Tu, Ye Li, Yiwei Weng

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Strain-hardening ultra-high performance concrete (SH-UHPC) exhibits excellent mechanical properties at the quasi-static state and becomes a promising material for protective structures exposed to impact or blast threats. But its performance under loads with high magnitude and short duration remains unanswered. The focus of this study is to investigate the dynamic compressive properties of SH-UHPC under high strain rates, which are achieved by split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) tests. SH-UHPC with different fiber contents of 1, 1.5, and 2 vol% and different fiber lengths of 6, 12, and 18 mm are tested. The considered strain rate ranges from ∼ 180 s−1 to ∼ 300 s−1. The results show that SH-UHPC exhibits good impact resistance in terms of integrity. Samples could remain good integrity at a strain rate of ∼ 240 s−1. The key parameters to measure the dynamic properties, i.e. energy absorption, dynamic compressive strength, and dynamic increase factor (DIF) of SH-UHPC show strain rate sensitivity and all of them increase with strain rate. Increasing fiber content leads to a slight improvement of the impact resistance of SH-UHPC while reducing fiber length impairs the impact resistance. Empirical DIF relations of SH-UHPC are firstly proposed in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Article number127024
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2022


  • Dynamic properties
  • Impact
  • PE fiber
  • SHPB
  • Strain hardening ultra-high performance concrete

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)

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