Abstract: Recognizing that steel fibers can supplement the brittle tensile characteristics of concrete, many studies have been conducted on the shear performance of steel fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC) members. However, previous studies were mostly focused on the shear strength and proposed empirical shear strength equations based on their experimental results. Thus, this study attempts to estimate the strains and stresses in steel fibers by considering the detailed characteristics of steel fibers in SFRC members, from which more accurate estimation on the shear behavior and strength of SFRC members is possible, and the failure mode of steel fibers can be also identified. Four shear behavior models for SFRC members have been proposed, which have been modified from the softened truss models for reinforced concrete members, and they can estimate the contribution of steel fibers to the total shear strength of the SFRC member. The performances of all the models proposed in this study were also evaluated by a large number of test results. The contribution of steel fibers to the shear strength varied from 5% to 50% according to their amount, and the most optimized volume fraction of steel fibers was estimated as 1%–1.5%, in terms of shear performance.
Keywords: steel fiber; SFRC; shear behavior; shear strength; softened truss model
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Hwang, J.-H.; Lee, D.H.; Ju, H.; Kim, K.S.; Seo, S.-Y.; Kang, J.-W. Shear Behavior Models of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete Beams Modifying Softened Truss Model Approaches. Materials 2013, 6, 4847-4867.
Hwang J-H, Lee DH, Ju H, Kim KS, Seo S-Y, Kang J-W. Shear Behavior Models of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete Beams Modifying Softened Truss Model Approaches. Materials. 2013; 6(10):4847-4867.
Hwang, Jin-Ha; Lee, Deuck H.; Ju, Hyunjin; Kim, Kang S.; Seo, Soo-Yeon; Kang, Joo-Won. 2013. "Shear Behavior Models of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete Beams Modifying Softened Truss Model Approaches." Materials 6, no. 10: 4847-4867.