Low‐velocity impact experiments and modeling of trc skin‐ aerated concrete core sandwich composites

Chidchanok Pleesudjai, Anling Li, Vikram Dey, Barzin Mobasher

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Mechanical response of textile‐reinforced aerated concrete sandwich panels was investigated using instrumented three‐point bending tests under quasi‐static and low‐velocity impact loads. Two types of core material were compared in the sandwich composite consisting of plain autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) and fiber‐reinforced aerated concrete (FRAC), and the stress skins were alkali‐resistant glass (ARG) and textile reinforced concrete (TRC). The textilereinforced layer promoted distributed cracking mechanisms and resulted in significant improvement in the flexural strength and ductility. Digital Image Correlation (DIC) was used to study the distributed cracking mechanism and obtain impact force‐crack width response at different drop heights. A constitutive material model was also developed based on a multi‐linear tension/compression strain hardening model for the stress‐skin and an elastic, perfectly plastic compression model for the core. A detailed parametric study was used to address the effect of model parameters on the flexural response. The model was further applied to simulate the experimental flexural data from the static and impact tests on the plain aerated concrete and sandwich composite beams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number390
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2 2021


  • Aerated concrete
  • Digital image correlation
  • Flexural modeling
  • Impact
  • Moment‐curvature
  • Sandwich composite
  • Textile reinforced concrete

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Materials Science


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