Low velocity flexural impact behavior of AR glass fabric reinforced cement composites

Deju Zhu, Mustafa Gencoglu, Barzin Mobasher

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Fabric-cement composites developed using the pultrusion production process have demonstrated impressive tensile and flexural properties. For instance fabric reinforced composites with bonded Alkali Resistant (AR) glass fabrics exhibit strain-hardening behavior, tensile strength in the range of 20-25 MPa, and strain capacity of the order of 2-5% under static conditions. Properties of these composite systems were investigated under three point bending conditions using an instrumented drop weight impact system. Samples were studied from the viewpoint of the variations of impact load, deflection response, acceleration and absorbed energy. Development of the testing system in terms of components and acceleration response are discussed in detail. Methods of the impact load measurement using three different ways of acceleration response, piezoelectric load washer and conventional strain gage based load cell are discussed. Cement composites with two different fabric contents and four different drop heights of hammer (dropping mass) were tested. Experimental results indicate that for the same drop height, the stiffer beam type specimens have a lower ultimate deflection but a higher load carrying capacity than the plate type specimens. The maximum flexural stress and absorbed energy of composites increase with drop height. In beam specimens, complete fracture does not take place as cracks form and close due to rebound and significant microcracking in the form of radial fan cracking is observed, whereas interlaminar shear is the dominant failure mode in the plate specimens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-387
Number of pages9
JournalCement and Concrete Composites
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 2009


  • AR glass fabrics
  • Cement composite
  • Drop height
  • Impact
  • Pultrusion process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science


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