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Strain rate effects for strength of geopolymer concrete
conference contributionposted on 2012-11-14, 00:00 authored by K N Feng, Z Pan, D Ruan, Frank CollinsFrank Collins, Y Bai, W H Duan
The effects of strain rate on compressive and tensile strength of fly ash based geopolymer concrete were investigated experimentally. Four mixes of geopolymer concrete using different alkaline solutions and under vary curing conditions were prepared. One mix of ordinary Portland cement (OPC) concrete was prepared for comparison. Both Quasi-Static tests using standard MTS and dynamic tests using Split-Hopkinson pressures bar (SHPB) were conducted, which were giving varying strain rate loadings from 10‾⁷ to 103 per second. The strain rate effect is presented as the ratio of dynamic compressive strength to static compressive strength (DIF). Results show that DIFs of geopolymer concrete are generally higher than those of OPC concrete at strain range of 187/s to 346/s (compression tests) and 7/s to 13/s (splitting tensile tests), respectively. This tendency is independent on loading regimes (compression or tension). This suggests that geopolymer concrete can be used as an alternative construction material to OPC concrete for the structures which has a high risk of being subjected to impact loadings.