Static Properties of Plain Reactive Powder Concrete Beams
Reactive powder concrete (RPC) is a new kind of ultra-high strength and upper ductility concrete first developed in 1990’s in France. In this paper, the RPC mixture proportion is optimized and its mechanical properties, such as compressive strength, flexural strength, elastic modulus, and its durability, are tested and discussed. Based on the optimal mixture proportion, four simply supported plain RPC beams (without reinforcement bars) are made and tested. The mechanical properties of plain RPC beams, including section deformation, load-displacement relationship, failure forms, crack distribution, crack extension, and ultimate flexural capacity, are discussed. It is concluded that RPC is an excellent material with high strength and durability. Steel fiber is important both to control the crack extension and to enhance the ductility of RPC beams.
Nai-Qian Feng and Gai-Fei Peng
R. Gao et al., "Static Properties of Plain Reactive Powder Concrete Beams", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 302-303, pp. 521-527, 2006