Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Elastic modulus of self-compacting fibre reinforced concrete: Experimental approach and multi-scale simulation

Alshahrani, Abdullah ORCID:, Kulasegaram, Sivakumar ORCID: and Kundu, Abhishek ORCID: 2023. Elastic modulus of self-compacting fibre reinforced concrete: Experimental approach and multi-scale simulation. Case Studies in Construction Materials 18 , e01723. 10.1016/j.cscm.2022.e01723

[thumbnail of published.pdf]
PDF - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (4MB) | Preview


Evaluation of the elastic properties of self-compacting fibre-reinforced concrete is one of the primary concerns in civil and structural engineering. This paper investigates the elastic properties of self-compacting fibre-reinforced concrete with varying coarse aggregate and steel fibre content. Traditionally, the elastic properties of concrete are measured experimentally which incurs significant cost and time overhead. In this paper, a two-step homogenisation approach is proposed for predicting the elastic properties of self-compacting fibre-reinforced concrete. In the first step, the mortar, air voids and aggregates are homogenised based on mean-field homogenisation using the Mori-Tanaka model. X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning technique was employed to analyse and determine the volume fractions, shapes, numbers of pores for validation purposes. In the second step, a finite element model of representative volume elements is generated with steel fibre inclusions and homogenised concrete to determine the overall macroscale elastic modulus of SCFRC. The results show that the content of aggregates, steel fibres and porosity in the mix has a substantial effect on the elastic modulus. The influence of fibre orientation on the elastic modulus SCFRC is also investigated. The results obtained from the homogenisation method were compared with those obtained from an experimental study and it was found that the maximum error in the elastic modulus prediction using the proposed multiscale homogenisation approach was less than 4%. This agreement between multiscale homogenisation results and experimental data highlights the feasibility of using the two-step homogenisation approach in the development of SCFRC. It has been demonstrated that the proposed homogenisation method can efficiently replace time-consuming laboratory tests, saving both resources and time.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2214-5095
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 December 2022
Date of Acceptance: 29 November 2022
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2024 07:41

Citation Data

Cited 8 times in Scopus. View in Scopus. Powered By Scopus® Data

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics