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The International Concrete Abstracts Portal is an ACI led collaboration with leading technical organizations from within the international concrete industry and offers the most comprehensive collection of published concrete abstracts.
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October 1, 2020
Amin, A.; Gilbert, R.I.
A significant body of research is available on the strength of steel fibre reinforced concrete
(SFRC) members subjected to shear and flexure. The behaviour of SFRC under service loads
has received less research attention. As the fibres are capable of transmitting tensile stress
across a crack, the average tensile strain at a crack in a reinforced concrete member
containing fibres is less than that in a similar member without fibres. As a result, the cracking
and deformation characteristics of reinforced concrete structures can be significantly
improved by adding fibres to the concrete mix. This paper first describes a physically
rationale model of the tension stiffening behaviour of SFRC. With this behaviour quantified,
expressions suitable for the design of SFRC members are derived for the control of
instantaneous deflections and crack widths. Finally, a short example is provided.
Fargier-Gabaldon, L.B.; Al-Tameemi, M.; Parra-Montesinos, G.J.
The effect of discontinued, randomly distributed steel fibers on the effective moment of
inertia (𝐼!) of lightly reinforced flexural members is evaluated through the testing of three pairs
of specimens under four-point bending. The specimens consisted of a simply supported, 3660
mm long, 254 mm deep, and 610 mm wide one-way slab strip. All slab specimens contained
minimum flexural reinforcement according to the ACI 318-14 Building Code. The first pair
featured regular concrete (no fibers), while the second and third pairs included steel fibers in a
volume fraction (𝑉") of 0.26% and 0.38%, respectively. Beyond cracking, a substantial drop in
the flexural stiffness was noticed in all specimens. The slabs with fibers, however, exhibited
stiffer post-cracking response compared to their regular concrete counterparts. At yielding, a
well-distributed cracking pattern was noticed in all test slabs, with maximum cracks widths of
approximately 0.5 mm. It was found that the equation proposed by Bischoff (2005) to estimate
the effective moment of inertia for concrete beams fits well the experimental data of the fiberreinforced
concrete slabs, given that the stiffening factor is set equal to one.
June 1, 2020
Faress Hraib, Li Hui, Brandon Gillis, Miguel Vicente, and Riyadh Hindi
During bridge construction, the concrete finishing machine weight, along with other dead and live loads,
affects the stability of the structure during construction and the service life of the bridge. These eccentric unbalanced
loads lead to torsional moments in the exterior girders of the bridge, deflection of the overhang, and excessive rotations
in the exterior girders. In skewed bridges, the finishing (screed) machine can be oriented parallel to the skew or
perpendicular to the girders during construction. This study focused on evaluating different orientations of the machine
along the span of skewed bridges. Finite element models of bridges with different skew angles were developed using
SAP2000 to simulate construction conditions. These bridge models were then subjected to different machine
orientations to form a better understanding of this phenomenon and to find the most effective method to operate the
concrete finishing machines. The results showed that moving the screed machine parallel to the skew angle led to
rotations that were more balanced between the exterior girders compared to moving it perpendicular to the girders.
Therefore, a more leveled concrete surface can be obtained when running the machine parallel to the skew.
April 1, 2020
Santosh Timilsina, Nur Yazdani, Eyosias Beneberu, and Abel Mulenga
Fire is a possible hazard on highway bridges which causes significant economic damage, and it is also one of the least investigated of all hazards. There is a lack of knowledge on the long term performance and structural integrity of fire damaged and fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) laminate retrofitted bridges. One such rare in-service bridge was selected for this study. The fire damaged cast-in-place non-prestressed girders were previously repaired with mortar and strengthened with FRP wrapping. The girders were instrumented with strain gages and displacement transducers, and a non-destructive live load test was carried out to evaluate the structural response. The results from the load testing were used to compare two identical girder spans with and without CFRP strengthening. A full-scale non-linear finite element model of the overall bridge superstructure was created, and the test results used to calibrate the model. The carbon (CFRP) strengthened girder exhibited similar stiffness compared to the undamaged girder as evidenced by almost equivalent mid-span deflection. The girder moment capacity decreased significantly due to fire damage, and the CFRP strengthening plus mortar repair was successful in restoring the moment capacity. The finite element model provided good correlation with load test results.
March 1, 2020
Eldon Tipping and Bryan M. Birdwell
This is the first of a three-part series, the goal of which is to provide the designer and contractor with tools
necessary to produce deflected slabs on metal deck that are essentially level. This first part provides a general
description of the components of a composite slab on metal deck including the behavior of each of the components
prior to concrete placement and after the concrete hardens. Elements impacting the ability of the
design/construction team to produce level deflected floors are presented and discussed. Fabrication tolerances for
structural steel are published by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and impact the relative
elevation of erected beam/column connections prior to concrete placement. Deflection of the erected floor frame
under the weight of fresh concrete is impacted by choices made by the designer regarding the use of Allowable
Strength Design (ASD) and Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD). Uncertain net deflections of the
supporting structural steel frame provide challenges for the contractor in his efforts to provide sufficient concrete in
the appropriate locations during initial strike-off to off-set the structural steel deflection. Implications of gauging up
off the supporting structural steel versus using a rod and level for initial concrete strike-off are presented and
discussed. The importance of construction joint location is addressed, and recommendations are presented.
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