China Ocean Engineering

, Volume 32, Issue 5, pp 593–604 | Cite as

Research on Flexural Behavior of Coral Aggregate Reinforced Concrete Beams

  • Hai-yan Ma
  • Bo Da
  • Hong-fa Yu
  • Zhang-yu Wu


Through the flexural behavior test of coral aggregate reinforced concrete beams (CARCB) and ordinary Portland reinforced concrete beams (OPRCB), and based on the parameters of concrete types, concrete strength grades and reinforcement ratios, the crack development, failure mode, midspan deflection and flexural capacity were studied, the relationships of bending moment-midspan deflection, load-longitudinal tensile reinforcement strain, load-maximum crack width were established, and a calculation model for the flexural capacity of CARCB was suggested. The results showed that with the increase in the reinforcement ratio and concrete strength grade, the crack bending moment (Mcr) and ultimate bending moment (Mu) of CARCB gradually increased. The characteristics of CARCB and OPRCB are basically the same. Furthermore, through increasing the concrete strength grade and reinforcement ratio, Mcr/Mu could be increased to delay the cracking of CARCB. As the load increased, crack width (w) would also increase. At the beginning of the loading, w increased slowly. And then it increased rapidly when the load reached to the ultimate load, which then led to beam failure. Meanwhile, with a comprehensive consideration of the effects of steel corrosion on the loss of steel section and the decrease of steel yield strength, a more reasonable calculation model for the flexural capacity of CARCB was proposed.

Key words

coral aggregate reinforced concrete beam flexural behavior steel corrosion reinforcement ratio concrete strength calculation model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringNanjing University of Aeronautics and AstronauticsNanjingChina

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