Publications

Blind competition on the numerical simulation of steel-fiber-reinforced concrete beams failing in shear

Experimental research has shown the extraordinary potential of the addition of short fibers to cement-based materials by improving significantly the behavior of concrete structures for serviceability and ultimate limit states. Software based on the finite element method has been used for the simulation of the material nonlinear behavior of fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) structures. The applicability of the existing approaches has…

Performance Assessment of a Semi-Circular Breakwater through CFD Modelling

Coastal defence works, such as breakwaters, are structures that aim to support the action of waves and dissipate their energy. Therefore, they provide conditions for stabilizing the coast, protecting ports, beaches and other coastal infrastructures and ecosystems. Semicircular breakwaters have been applied in different locations around the world due to their aesthetic advantages and high structural performance. Marine structures are…

Integrated model for predicting the flexural capacity of concrete elements reinforced with non-corrodible discrete reinforcements

Polypropylene fibres (PP) have been used mainly in non-structural applications for limiting crack width due to shrinkage effects of cement-based materials. Being insusceptible to corrosion, PP fibres can also be regarded as viable discrete reinforcement elements for the production of thin concrete elements. The relatively low elasticity modulus, tensile strength and almost frictional-based reinforcing nature of PP fibres have been…

Urban furniture in fiber reinforcemenet concrete with high durability

Within the scope of the “NG_TPfib” R&D project, Exporplás and CiviTest have, in the recent past, developed a new typology of polypropylene fibers for the production of urban furniture of high durability by eliminating conventional steel reinforcements susceptive to corrosion. This reinforcement replacement strategy also allows the development of lighter and more elegant urban furniture with complex geometries at competitive…

Thermal performance of steel and fibre reinforced concrete composite floor

In general, steel and concrete composite floors tend to present a reduced functional performance (considering thermal and acoustic conditions), due to their low mass and to the high conductivity of the steel elements. By including components with high thermal insulation capacity in these structural systems, it is possible to maintain the structure lightness and not compromise the thermal performance. Within…

A new strengthening technique for increasing the load carrying capacity of rectangular reinforced concrete columns subjected to axial compressive loading

In this work, a new technique for the efficient confinement of reinforced concrete (RC) columns of rectangular crosssection is described and its effectiveness is assessed experimentally. This technique is based on the concept of applying strips of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) wet layup sheets with a certain prestress level using a mechanical device. The influence of the cross-section aspect…

Appraisal of MC2010 shear resistance approaches coupled with a residual flexural strength prediction model

In the present work the predictive performance of the two approaches proposed by Model Code 2010 for the evaluation of the shear capacity of fiber reinforced concrete (FRC) elements flexurally reinforced with conventional steel bars is assessed considering a database (DBs) constituted by 80 FRC beams do not including conventional transverse reinforcements. The accuracy of these shear models is evaluated…

Ensaio à rotura de protótipo de edifício em lajes de betão auto-compactável reforçado com fibras

O presente artigo descreve a investigação experimental realizada para avaliar as potencialidades da utilização de betão auto-compactável reforçado com fibras de aço (BACRFA) na construção de lajes fungiformes de edifícios de habitação e comércio, onde as fibras são o único reforço aplicado nas lajes. Para tal foi construído um protótipo deste tipo de edifícios, à escala 1:4, e ensaiado para condições de…

Shear strengthening of RC beams with thin panels of mortar reinforced with recycled steel fibres

The use of thin cement based panels reinforced with relatively high content of Recycled Steel Fibres (RSF) for the shear strengthening of Reinforced Concrete (RC) beams is investigated in the present work. The mechanical properties of this Recycled Steel Fibre Reinforced Mortar (RSFRM) are characterised. The panels are produced by using a mixing technique similar to the one used in…

Desenvolvimento de painel sanduíche multifuncional para a reabilitação sustentável de edifícios porticados de betão armado: caracterização de componentes

Esta comunicação apresenta um trabalho de investigação dedicado ao desenvolvimento de um painel sanduíche compósito multifuncional concebido para a reabilitação estrutural e térmica de edifícios porticados de betão armado construídos em Portugal a partir da década de 1960 e até meados da década de 1980. Este painel é composto essencialmente por três componentes que visam assegurar a multifuncionalidade pretendida, nomeadamente:…

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