Predicting the flexural behavior of ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete

Doo Yeol Yoo, Nemkumar Banthia, Young Soo Yoon

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To predict the flexural behavior of ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) beams including straight steel fibers with various lengths, micromechanics-based sectional analysis was performed. A linear compressive modeling was adopted on the basis of experiments. The tensile behavior was modeled by considering both pre- and post-cracking tensile behaviors. Pre-cracking behavior was modeled by the rule of mixture. Post-cracking behavior was modeled by a bilinear matrix softening curve and fiber bridging curves, considering three different probability density functions (PDFs) for fiber orientation, i.e., the actual PDF from image analysis and PDFs assuming either random two-dimensional (2-D) or three-dimensional (3-D) fiber orientation. Analytical predictions using the fiber bridging curves with the actual PDF or the PDF assuming 2-D random fiber orientation showed fairly good agreement with the experimental results, whereas analysis using the PDF assuming 3-D random fiber orientation greatly underestimated the experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-87
Number of pages17
JournalCement and Concrete Composites
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1


  • Fiber length
  • Flexure
  • Micromechanical modeling
  • Sectional analysis
  • Tension-softening curve
  • Ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)


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