An investigation into temperature gradient effects on concrete performance at elevated temperatures

Q. X. Le, V. T.N. Dao, C. Maluk, J. Torero, L. Bisby

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Abstract

To assure adequate fire performance of concrete structures, appropriate knowledge and adequate, practical models of concrete at elevated temperatures are crucial yet current lacking, prompting further research. This paper first highlights the limitations of inconsistent thermal boundary conditions in conventional fire testing; and of using constitutive models developed based on empirical data developed testing concrete under minimised temperature gradients in modelling of concrete with significant temperature gradients. On that basis, the paper outlines key features of a test setup used for the accurate control of the thermal boundary conditions when testing concrete at elevated temperatures, using radiant panels to generate well-defined and reproducible heating regimes. The repeatability, consistency and uniformity of thermal boundary conditions are demonstrated using measurements of heat flux and in-depth temperature of test specimens. Compressive strength is also investigated. The initial data collected clearly suggested that the incident heat fluxes, and thus the associated temperature gradient, has potentially significant effects on concrete mechanical properties at elevated temperatures. Further research is thus ongoing to quantify such effects and also to develop constitutive models accounting for a wide range of heating conditions; from very slow to extremely rapid heating. The proposed models could be included into effective rational knowledge-based fire design and analysis of concrete structures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMechanics of Structures and Materials
Subtitle of host publicationAdvancements and Challenges - Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM24 2016
EditorsChunwei Zhang, Hong Hao
PublisherCRC Press/Balkem
Pages951-956
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781138029934
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM 2016 - Perth, Australia
Duration: 6 Dec 20169 Dec 2016

Publication series

NameMechanics of Structures and Materials: Advancements and Challenges - Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM24 2016

Conference

Conference24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM 2016
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period6/12/169/12/16

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