Special Issue "Brittle Behaviour of High-Performance Concrete Structures"

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Structures".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 September 2023) | Viewed by 581

Special Issue Editors

College of Engineering, Shantou University, Shantou 515063, China
Interests: fracture mechanics; scale effects; fiber-reinforced concrete; high-performance prestressed concrete; FRP-bar reinforced concrete; instability phenomena and hysteresis; masonry arches; membranes and shells; structural monitoring
Prof. Dr. Alberto Carpinteri
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1. Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering (DISEG), Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
2. College of Engineering, Shantou University, Shantou, China
Interests: fracture mechanics; fatigue crack growth; thermo-elasticity; seismic structures; reinforced concrete; structural monitoring; contact mechanics; fragmentation and comminution; drilling and wear; multi-layered and functionally-graded materials; nano-structured and hierarchical materials; acoustic; electromagnetic; and neutron emissions from fracture and earthquakes; buckling and snap-through in shallow roofing structures; tall buildings; seismic precursors; dynamics of macromolecular and protein structures

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the Special Issue entitled “Brittle Behaviour of High-Performance Concrete Structures” will be published in Buildings, a MDPI Open Access Journal indexed in Scopus and Web of Science with an Impact Factor of 3.324.

This Special Issue aims to publish papers on recent advances on high-performance concrete structures, with a particular focus on the complex phenomena characterising the failure mechanisms of fibre-reinforced, hybrid-reinforced, FRP-bar reinforced, and prestressed concrete structures.

We will be very pleased if you would consider submitting a research paper or a review article on any topic related to this theme. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Dr. Federico Accornero
Prof. Dr. Alberto Carpinteri
Guest Editors

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  • high-performance concrete structures
  • fibre-reinforced concrete
  • frp-bar reinforced concrete
  • prestressed concrete
  • ductility
  • brittleness
  • cracking
  • crushing

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A Review on Behavior and Fatigue Performance of Orthotropic Steel–UHPC Composite Deck
Buildings 2023, 13(8), 1906; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings13081906 - 26 Jul 2023
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Although orthotropic steel decks (OSDs) have been widely used in the construction of long-span bridges, there are frequently reported fatigue cracks after years of operation, and the bridge deck overlay also presents severe damage due to OSD crack-induced stiffness reduction. Ultra-high performance concrete [...] Read more.
Although orthotropic steel decks (OSDs) have been widely used in the construction of long-span bridges, there are frequently reported fatigue cracks after years of operation, and the bridge deck overlay also presents severe damage due to OSD crack-induced stiffness reduction. Ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC), recognized as the most innovative cementitious composites and the next generation of high-performance materials, shows high strength, ductility, toughness, and good performance on durability. After its first application to the OSD bridge in the early 2000s, the orthotropic steel–UHPC composite deck has been comprehensively studied worldwide. This review will summarize some important studies and findings on the behavior and fatigue performance of the orthotropic steel–UHPC composite deck. The existing studies and engineering applications indicate that such a deck system presents good bending behavior and high fatigue performance. The failure mode of shear studs in the UHPC layer is dominated by shear fractures. The cracking of the UHPC layer shall consider the superposition effect of stress from both the whole bridge structure and local decks. While some reasonable structural details in the traditional OSD may not work for the orthotropic steel–UHPC composite deck, this paper has shown that the steel–UHPC composite deck has excellent performance in bearing capacity, stiffness, and fatigue resistance. However, the fatigue performance of the steel–UHPC composite deck and its evaluation method still need validation from engineering applications. It is recommended to evaluate the stress behavior and structural parameters, as well as fatigue life by conducting the field test under in-service traffic conditions. Full article
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