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A study of steel wire mesh reinforced high performance geopolymer concrete slabs under blast loading

Meng, Qingfei, Wu, Chengqing, Su, Yu, Li, Jun, Liu, Jian, Pang, Jiabao
Journal of cleaner production 2019 v.210 pp. 1150-1163
concrete, construction materials, polymers, slabs, steel, trinitrotoluene
In this study, a novel green construction material, high performance alkali-activated geopolymer concrete is introduced. Both numerically and experimentally investigations were conducted on a new type of structural slabs made of steel wire mesh reinforced geopolymer concrete against close-in ground surface explosion. Steel rebar reinforced conventional concrete slabs are also studied to compare the results. The experimental investigation was conducted to study the slab damage mechanism. It is found that the steel wire mesh reinforced geopolymer concrete slab showed less damage and fragmentation under 50 kg Trinitrotoluene (TNT) blast load within 3 m, 5 m and 7 m distances as compared to the C30 concrete slab. Numerical analysis was then conducted to further investigate the slab dynamic responses. Combining the steel wire mesh reinforcement with geopolymer concrete can help increase the blast resistance capacity leading to promising and environmental friendly structural protective design.