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posted on 20.03.2018, 16:36 authored by Ana Blanco-AlvarezAna Blanco-Alvarez, Pablo Pujadas, Sergio Pialarissi-CavalaroSergio Pialarissi-Cavalaro, Albert De la Fuente, Antonio Aguado
Several constitutive models for fibre reinforced concrete (FRC) have been reported in the past years based on the flexural performance obtained in a bending test. The Barcelona test was presented as an alternative to characterise the tensile properties of FRC; however, no constitutive model was derived from it. In this article, a formulation to predict the tensile behaviour of FRC is developed based on the results of the Barcelona test. The constitutive model proposed is validated by simulating the results of an experimental program involving different types of fibres and fibre contents by means of finite element software. Moreover, the simplified formulation proposed is compared with constitutive models from European codes and guidelines.


The authors of this document wish to show their gratitude for the economic support received through the Research Project BIA2010-17478: Construction processes by means of fibre reinforced concretes. The experimental program was conducted in collaboration with ESCOFET. The first and second authors acknowledge the grant FI provided by the Comissionat per a Universitats del DIUE de la Generalitat de Catalunya i del Fons Social Europeu and the support of the Departament d’Universitats, Recerca i Societat de la Informacio de la Generalitat de Catalunya. The first also acknowledges the support of the Collegi d’Enginyers de Camins, Canals i Ports de Catalunya.



  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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Cement and Concrete Composites




327 - 340


BLANCO, A. ... et al, 2014. Constitutive model for fibre reinforced concrete based on the Barcelona test. Cement and Concrete Composites, 53, pp.327-340.


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