Dynamic tensile testing of fabric-cement composites

Deju Zhu, Alva Peled, Barzin Mobasher

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Dynamic tensile tests were conducted using a high speed servo-hydraulic testing machine on three types of fabric reinforced cement composites. The high speed testing procedure and data processing method are presented. Quasi-static tests were also conducted on the composites. Effects of strain rate on the mechanical properties of fabric-cement composites are noted. A good correlation was found between the properties of the fabrics and the composites, with the carbon fabric exhibiting the highest strength and ductility performance in high speed tensile tests. The differences in tensile behavior of the various composites were correlated with the differences in the role of the fabric materials. Composites tested under high speed loading exhibited different responses as compared to similar composites tested under quasi-static condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-395
Number of pages11
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • AR glass
  • Carbon
  • Cement composites
  • Dynamic tensile tests
  • High speed loading
  • Textile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science


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