Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering

, Volume 43, Issue 10, pp 5667–5675 | Cite as

Material Damage Evolution for Plain and Steel-Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Under Unconfined Compression Loading by Dynamic Ultrasonic Tests

  • José Alfredo León Ramírez
  • Lizarazo-Marriaga Juan
  • Julian Carrillo
Research Article - Civil Engineering


This paper summarizes the results of a research aimed at assessing the damage of plain and steel-fiber-reinforced concrete when using ultrasonic compression and shear wave velocities. The ultrasonic waves and the axial compression loading were oriented to the same direction in order to track the damage progress during several loading steps. The concrete damage was monitored based on the evolution of the dynamic mechanical properties. The experimental program included 18 cylindrical specimens from six different mixtures that were cast by using 0, 0.3 and 0.5% fiber volume contents. Quantitative models were established linking the axial loads, the wave velocities, the dynamic Young’s and shear moduli, the Poisson’s ratio and a damage index.


Steel-fiber-reinforced concrete Ultrasonic pulse Damage model Compression loading Dynamic properties Damage index 


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This work was supported by the Universidad Nacional de Colombia—Bogotá through the Project DIB–23639. The third author expresses his gratitude to the Universidad Militar Nueva Granada (UMNG, Colombia) for granting research scholarships.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Alfredo León Ramírez
    • 1
  • Lizarazo-Marriaga Juan
    • 1
  • Julian Carrillo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Civil and Agricultural EngineeringUniversidad NacionalBogotáColombia
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringNueva Granada Military UniversityBogotáColombia

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