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Articles by Taher Abu-Lebdeh
Total Records ( 2 ) for Taher Abu-Lebdeh
  Taher Abu-Lebdeh , Sameer Hamoush and Brian Zornig
  Problem statement: Rate dependence of the newly developed Very-High-Strength-Concrete (VHSC) composites has received little or no attention so far. Approach: In this research, the bond-slip mechanisms of four types of steel fibers embedded in VHSC matrices were investigated through single-fiber pullout tests with the loading rates and matrix strengths are the primary variables. This study presented the experimental results of steel fiber-matrix bond characteristics and discussed the influence of loading rates on the pullout behavior. Results: The results were measured in terms of peak loads and total fiber pullout work or dissipated bond energy. Results indicated that the increase in pullout rate increases both peak load and total pullout work for all deformed fibers but had no effect on smooth, unreformed fibers. Conclusion/Recommendations: De formed and smooth fibers exhibit different rate sensitivities. The variation in response was attributed to the fiber end conditions. It is recommended that (1) additional experimental tests should be performed at other loading rates and (2) an analytical model should also be developed to analyze the rate effect on the interfacial deboning process of VHSC composites.
  Sameer Hamoush , Taher Abu-Lebdeh , Toney Cummins and Brian Zornig
  Problem statement: There is a real need for a fundamental understanding of bond and bond mechanisms in the newly developed Very-High-Strength-Concrete (VHSC) materials. The interfacial steel fiber/VHSC matrix bond tests are needed to characterize VHSC and to aid in the development of analytical models that describe bond behavior of this new material. Approach: This research investigated bond-slip characteristics of four different steel fiber types embedded in Very-High-Strength-Concrete (VHSC). Parameters investigated include: Mechanical affect of the fiber geometry, fiber embedment length, medium strength and embedment method. Results were measured in terms of peak pullout load and total pullout work or dissipated bond energy. Results: Results indicated that the mechanical affect of fiber geometry had the most influence on both peak load and total work with increases over 100% for some fibers. The increase in embedment length also increased both peak load and total pullout work but was found to have more influence on smooth, undeformed fibers. Conclusion/Recommendations: Findings of this research should aid in the rational predictions of VHSC’s mechanical performance and help identify the effectiveness of different types of steel fibers on improving its tensile properties and toughness. It is recommended that an analytical model should also be developed to analyze the interfacial debonding process of VHSC composites.
 
 
 
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