This paper describes an experimental investigation of the shear behaviour of beams consisting of steel reinforced Engineered Cementitious Composites (R/ECC). Based on the strain hardening and multiple cracking behaviour of ECC, this study investigates the extent to which ECC influences the shear capacity of beams loaded primarily in shear. The experimental program consists of ECC with short randomly distributed polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) fiber beams with different stirrup arrangements and conventional reinforced concrete (R/C) counterparts for comparison. The shear crack formation mechanism of ECC is investigated in detail and can be characterized by an opening and sliding of the crack. Photogrammetry was utilized to monitor the shear deformations of the specimens. Multiple shear cracking and strain hardening of ECC was observed under shear loading and based upon photogrammetric results fundamental descriptions of shear crack opening, sliding and subsequent failure are presented.
|Title of host publication||International RILEM Conference on Advances in Construction Materials Through Science and Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||International Conference on Advances in Construction Materials through Science and Engineering 2011 - Hong Kong, China|
Duration: 5 Sep 2011 → 7 Sep 2011
|Conference||International Conference on Advances in Construction Materials through Science and Engineering 2011|
|Period||05/09/2011 → 07/09/2011|