This study investigated the mechanical properties and microstructures of three ultra-high-performance strain-hardening cementitious composites (UHP-SHCCs) with different mix proportions and curing conditions. The binders comprised ordinary Portland cement (OPC), silica fume, and ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS); the specimens were cured under air and wet curing conditions for 28 and 91 days, respectively. Compressive and direct tensile tests were performed, along with subsequent microstructural analyses using the particle packing theory and scanning electron microscopy, on the composite matrix and reinforcing polyethylene (PE) fibers. The test results indicate that the inclusion of GGBS, more than 50% (by weight of OPC), leads to a decrease in compressive and tensile strength by up to 35.7% but an increase in ductility by up to 55.9%. In addition, a higher content of GGBS resulted in larger deviations based on the curing conditions. The wet curing condition was more effective for the development of a higher energy absorption capacity than the air curing condition at a curing age of 28 d. By contrast, 91 d of wet curing resulted in the lowest strain energy in this study, mainly because of the considerably reduced strain capacity.
|Journal||Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 2022 May|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No. 2021R1A2C4001503).
This research was supported by a grant (21SCIP-B146646-04) from the Construction Technology Research Project funded by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport of the Korean government.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering