Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Chakrawarthi V., Jesuarulraj L., Avudaiappan S., Rajendren D., Amran M., Guindos P., Roy K., Fediuk R., Ivanovich-Vatin N. (2022)

Effect of Design Parameters on the Flexural Strength of Reinforced Concrete Sandwich Beams

Revista : Crystals
Volumen : 12
Número : 8
Páginas : 1021
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Sandwich beams are preferable for aerostructure and marine structures due to their high mechanical strength, durability, stiffness, and fatigue resistance. This paper presents a study on the flexural behavior of sandwich beams made of self-compacting concrete comprising a polystyrene inner core with wire mesh reinforcement. The effect of the design parameters such as the inner core area, percentage of tension reinforcement, and wire mesh on the moment carrying capacity and failure modes of sandwich beams was analyzed. Ten beams were cast and tested to failure with simply supported end conditions and they were classified into three different groups. The longitudinal section of the inner core area was varied by 0% (control beam), 25%, 50%, and 75% of the gross area. The tension reinforcement ratio varied between 0.6 and 1.5%. In addition, the effect of the wire mesh in shear and flexural resistance was studied. The load-carrying capacity of sandwich beams increased with flexural reinforcement. In addition, the welded wire mesh improved the sandwich beams’ flexural and shear performance. The conventional expressions for the moment of resistance were valid for sandwich beams, whereas the shear strength expressions overestimated the capacity; therefore, modifications were suggested. The refined models had a significant agreement with the experimental results