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dc.contributorVirginia Transportation Research Councilen_US
dc.contributorVirginia Techen_US
dc.contributor.authorD.K. Harrisen_US
dc.contributor.authorRoberts-Wollmann, Carin L.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-19T18:30:17Z
dc.date.available2014-03-19T18:30:17Z
dc.date.issued2005-06-01
dc.identifier.citationD.K. Harris and C.L. Roberts-Wollmann. "Characterization of the Punching Shear Capacity of Thin Ultra-High Performance Concrete Slabs," Virginia Transportation Research Council 530 Edgemont Road Charlottesville, VA 22903, Report No. VTRC 05-CR26, June 2005.
dc.identifier.govdocVTRC 05-CR26
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/46685
dc.description.abstractUltra-high performance concrete (UHPC) is a relatively new type of concrete that exhibits mechanical properties that are far superior to those of conventional concrete and in some cases rival those of steel. The main characteristics that distinguish UHPC from conventional reinforced concrete are its very high compressive strength (20 to 33 ksi), the addition of steel fibers which enables tension to be carried across open cracks without conventional reinforcing steel, and a very high resistance to corrosion and degradation. The mechanical properties of UHPC allow for smaller, thinner sections as compared to conventional reinforced concrete sections. However, as it is a new material, the use of UHPC has been limited to a few structural applications due primarily to the high cost of the material and the lack of established design guidelines. In previous research, a material model based on physical tests was used in conjunction with finite element models to develop an optimized cross-section for a prestressed UHPC girder for bridge applications. The cross-section is a double-tee with bulbs at the bottoms of the webs to accommodate the prestressing strands. As it is envisioned in bridge applications, the double-tees will be placed directly adjacent to one another, and the top flange will act as the riding surface after a thin asphalt overlay is placed. Based on the longitudinal compressive stresses, the top flange of the girder can be quite thin. However, there exists the possibility that a punching shear failure could occur from the application of a point load such as a wheel patch load if the flange is made too thin. The research reported herein was initiated to characterize the punching shear capacity of thin UHPC plates and to develop recommendations on the minimum top flange thickness for the optimized double-tee. Twelve small slabs (45 in x 45 in) were tested to failure to characterize the punching shear strength of UHPC. The variables considered were the slab thickness (2, 2.5, and 3 in) and loading plate dimensions (from 1 in x 1 in to 3 in x 3 in). The results of the testing were compared to several existing models for punching shear. The two equations that predicted strengths most reliably were the current ACI punching shear equation and a modified bolt pull-out equation. After evaluation of the test results, the minimum slab thickness required to prevent a punching shear failure in the top flange due to an 8 in x 20 in wheel patch was determined to be 1 in. Three larger slabs were also tested. These slabs had the same clear span length as the top flange of the optimized double-tee and were loaded with a wheel patch load. The slabs were all approximately 3 in thick and all failed in flexure rather than punching shear. It was concluded that the casting method has a strong influence on the orientation of the steel fibers, which in turn influences the flexural strength in orthogonal directions in the slab. The top flange thickness will be governed by transverse bending rather than punching shear, and the 3 in slabs were not able to support the full wheel load plus impact and load factor. The results of this research help in the continued optimization of a UHPC shape for use in highway bridges. If material use in the girder is minimized, UHPC bridges can become economically competitive with HPC bridges, but offer the benefits of more rapid construction and better durability.
dc.description.sponsorshipVirginia Department of Transportation 71179
dc.format.extent64 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research
dc.subjectUltra-high performance concreteen_US
dc.subjectFiber reinforced concreteen_US
dc.subjectShear capacityen_US
dc.subjectPrestressed concreteen_US
dc.titleCharacterization of the Punching Shear Capacity of Thin Ultra-High Performance Concrete Slabsen_US
dc.typeTechnical reporten_US
dc.identifier.urlhttp://www.virginiadot.org/vtrc/main/online_reports/pdf/05-cr26.pdf
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