An investigation into the feasibility of normal and fibre-reinforced ultra-high performance concrete multi-cell and composite sandwich panels

S. Mahdi, M. S.Mohamed Ali, A. H. Sheikh, M. Elchalakani, T. Xie

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Abstract

Inspired by the concept of box girders and bubble deck systems, the present study investigates and develops new forms of composite structures and their behaviours are investigated. The sandwich system implements two basalt fibre-reinforced polymer (BFRP) mesh reinforced ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) plates as face sheets and a combination of normal strength mortar (NSM) and expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam as core layers in varying configurations. The box-cell system is produced by UHPC cast into galvanised steel roofing sheet profiles with anchor screws and EPS foam positioned in-situ to produce a box-celled panel. Both systems have three variations for which the structural responses of these panels as one-way slabs under three-point flexure are studied. In addition to the experimental investigations, the sandwich panel theory (EST), advanced sandwich theory (AST), segmental sectional analysis and finite-element analysis are applied to predict the behaviour of the panels at their serviceability limit states. The findings indicate that partially replacing the core with EPS in the sandwich system can effectively reduce the self-weight of the slab without compromising its load capacity under flexure. Moreover, the box-cell system is the most effective when steel fibres are added to the UHPC mix by increasing ductility and preventing early delamination of the steel profile from the UHPC. The modified EST, AST, and sectional analysis can successfully simulate the behaviour of the composite panels within their linear elastic material conditions and the finite-element analysis can accurately model the full-range behaviour of the box-cell composite panels.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102728
JournalJournal of Building Engineering
Volume41
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

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